De-Diversification Activities of German Corporations From 1988 To 2002: Perspectives from Agency and Management Fashion Theory
In the past, many countries have witnessed de-diversification waves. In this paper we illustrate that the same phenomenon can be observed in Germany. We discuss different theoretical explanations for the occurrence of de-diversification: the predominant agency theory approach and the less common neo-institutionalist/management fashion theory. We present data on 360 divestitures by German corporations between 1988 and 2002 and obtain additional data from a literature database. The results show that management fashions can influence the impact of capital markets. We suggest strengthening the link between finance theory and research in strategy and organization.
Volume (Year): 58 (2006)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
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