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Management as the sine qua non for M&A success

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  • Delis, Manthos D
  • Iosifidi, Maria
  • Kazakis, Pantelis

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Measuring management practices robustly is difficult, which leaves an important element missing in identifying M&A success. This paper studies management practices as an unobserved (latent) variable using a standard microeconomic model. We show that our measure is the most important determinant of value creation in M&A deals: a one-standard-deviation increase in the measure almost doubles cumulative abnormal returns. Our results are robust to the inclusion of acquirer fixed effects, to a large set of control variables, and to several other sensitivity tests. We posit that any future study of M&A success should include a management component.

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  • Delis, Manthos D & Iosifidi, Maria & Kazakis, Pantelis, 2017. "Management as the sine qua non for M&A success," MPRA Paper 81283, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    Mergers and acquisitions; Management practices or skill; Acquirer returns;

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    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
    • M11 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Production Management

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