Strategic fit between business strategies in the post-acquisition period and acquisition performance
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.
Volume (Year): 16 (2011)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
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