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The Reproduction of Efficiecy Theory: The Construction of the AstraZeneca Merger in the Public Discourse
Linköpings universitet.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, School of Business.
Handelshögskolan i Stockholm.
2011 (English)In: International Journal of Business and Management, ISSN 1833-3850, Vol. 6, no 5, 16-27 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Mergers have become a generally accepted solution to a broad set of managerial problems in practice. However, research on mergers and acquisitions provides a rather sceptical view as to the success of mergers in solving business problems. The current paper aims at investigating the public discourse on mergers and acquisitions and its relation to the scientific discourse. The public discourse is studied by an analysis of Swedish media reports on the Astra Zeneca merger. More specifically we study the actors given voice in the discourse, the temporal evolution of the discourse and the arguments voiced. We conclude that the discourse is dominated by journalists, managers and financial analysts who all generate arguments based on a rather narrow “efficiency theoretical” basis. This is in conflict with current insights in research on mergers and acquisitions that has proposed more valid and complex models for understanding mergers. The reasons and consequences of this discrepancy between the public and the scientific discourses are discussed.

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2011. Vol. 6, no 5, 16-27 p.
Keyword [en]
mergers, strategic change, organizational growth, business press, public discourse
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Business Administration
Research subject
Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-51098OAI: diva2:384105
Available from: 2011-01-07 Created: 2011-01-07 Last updated: 2012-02-13Bibliographically approved

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