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Deadly sins and corporate acquisitions
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Business School.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4035-9531
Number of Authors: 32019 (English)In: Culture and Organization, ISSN 1475-9551, E-ISSN 1477-2760Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Although having grown significantly to constitute a strong influence in several fields of business research, research on corporate acquisitions still needs fresh voices. Research on acquisitions is dominated by functionalist studies searching for ways to improve financial outcomes. In contrast, this paper draws on a narrative approach to provide a new perspective to corporate acquisitions. We focus on decision-makers and how a metaphor that highlights human foibles connected to sins can offer a new understanding of corporate acquisitions. Engaging with acquisition literature and underpinning our argument with examples from well-known acquisitions, provides a new way of understanding commonly identified but socially unaccepted outcomes from acquisitions generally described as unintended and unwanted.

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2019.
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Acquisitions, decision-makers, corporeality, narrative, metaphor
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Economics and Business
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-171160DOI: 10.1080/14759551.2019.1621311ISI: 000472350500001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-171160DiVA, id: diva2:1342318
Available from: 2019-08-13 Created: 2019-08-13 Last updated: 2019-12-09

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