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Contextualizing speed and cross-border acquisition performance: Labor market flexibility and efficiency effects
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Business School.
Number of Authors: 42018 (English)In: Journal of world business (Print), ISSN 1090-9516, E-ISSN 1878-5573, Vol. 53, no 2, p. 290-301Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

There is general agreement that acquisition integration is decisive for acquisition performance. Despite this consensus, there are heterogeneous results on integration measures, such as integration speed with empirical research supporting the benefits of either fast or slow integration. We argue that the business environment surrounding acquisitions has the potential to reconcile conflicting findings. We develop how institutional factors (i.e., labor market flexibility and efficiency) influence the relationships between speed of human and functional integration on acquisition performance. With a sample of 203 transactions from acquirers from central Europe and Scandinavia, we find human and functional integration speed have divergent effects on acquisition performance. Further, both relationships are moderated by labor market flexibility and efficiency, but in different ways. Implications for research and practice are discussed.

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2018. Vol. 53, no 2, p. 290-301
Keywords [en]
Cross-border acquisition, Acquisition integration, Integration speed, Acquisition performance, Institutional environment
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Economics and Business
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-153627DOI: 10.1016/j.jwb.2018.01.001ISI: 000425200600015OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-153627DiVA, id: diva2:1189851
Available from: 2018-03-13 Created: 2018-03-13 Last updated: 2018-03-13Bibliographically approved

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