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Uncertainty avoidance, risk tolerance and corporate takeover decisions

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  • Frijns, Bart
  • Gilbert, Aaron
  • Lehnert, Thorsten
  • Tourani-Rad, Alireza

In this paper, we examine the role of national culture in corporate takeover decisions, by arguing that managerial risk tolerance (a combination of risk aversion and risk perception), at the national level, is a cultural trait and affects the expected net synergies CEOs require. We propose a theoretical framework that links CEO risk tolerance to the expected net synergies. We empirically show that CEOs of firms located in countries with lower levels of risk tolerance, measured by Hofstede’s (1980, 2001) uncertainty avoidance score, require higher premiums on takeovers, and show that uncertainty avoidance plays a greater role in relatively large takeovers. Additional testing reveals that CEOs from high uncertainty avoiding nations engage less in cross-border/cross-industry takeovers, suggesting that uncertainty avoidance captures more the CEO’s risk perception than his/her risk aversion.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Banking & Finance.

Volume (Year): 37 (2013)
Issue (Month): 7 ()
Pages: 2457-2471

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jbfina:v:37:y:2013:i:7:p:2457-2471
DOI: 10.1016/j.jbankfin.2013.02.010
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