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Strategic fit between business strategies in the post-acquisition period and acquisition performance


  • Matej Lahovnik


The overwhelming empirical evidence suggests that, from the acquirer’s perspective, acquisitions are mostly at best “break-even” situations and at worst failures. Our study seeks to contribute to this pool of knowledge by analysing the performance of horizontal acquisitions. We examined the performance of horizontal acquisitions regarding the strategic fit between the business strategies of acquiring and acquired companies in the post-acquisition period. Horizontal acquisitions in which the acquiring and acquired companies developed an identical type of business strategy in the post-acquisition period outperformed acquisitions where the acquiring and acquired companies developed different types of a generic business strategy. The results suggest that the sharing of activities and transfer of skills are important in cases of a fit between business strategies in the post-acquisition period.

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  • Matej Lahovnik, 2011. "Strategic fit between business strategies in the post-acquisition period and acquisition performance," Journal of East European Management Studies, Rainer Hampp Verlag, vol. 16(4), pages 358-370.
  • Handle: RePEc:rai:joeems:doi_10.1688/1862-0019_jeems_2011_04_lahovnik

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    1. Esref Kaan Aslan & Halil Zaim, 2014. "Effects of M&A Integration Strategies on Organizational Performance: With Human Resource Management View," European Journal of Economic and Political Studies, Fatih University, vol. 7(2), pages 1-20.

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    strategy; acquisition; performance; strategic fit;

    JEL classification:

    • M10 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - General
    • M20 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Economics - - - General
    • P20 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - General
    • P31 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions - - - Socialist Enterprises and Their Transitions


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