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De-Diversification Activities of German Corporations From 1988 To 2002: Perspectives from Agency and Management Fashion Theory


  • Alexander T. Nicolai
  • Thomas W. Thomas


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.

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  • Alexander T. Nicolai & Thomas W. Thomas, 2006. "De-Diversification Activities of German Corporations From 1988 To 2002: Perspectives from Agency and Management Fashion Theory," Schmalenbach Business Review (sbr), LMU Munich School of Management, vol. 58(1), pages 56-80, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:sbr:abstra:v:58:y:2006:i:1:p:56-80

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    Agency Theory; Capital Markets; Diversification; Management Fashion; Neo-Institutionalism; Refocusing; Strategic Management;

    JEL classification:

    • D21 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Theory
    • D23 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Organizational Behavior; Transaction Costs; Property Rights
    • G34 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Mergers; Acquisitions; Restructuring; Corporate Governance
    • M10 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - General


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