Mergers and Acquisitions and Multinational Companies: A Review and Research Agenda

  •  Justice Kyei-Mensah    


We review the theoretical and empirical studies concerned with mergers and acquisitions (M&A) to evaluate the knowledge in the area and to recommend new areas for future research. Unlike other reviews, we focus on research in finance, accounting, and management literature. While the area of M&A is well-researched in all three subject areas, to date it is unclear what factors actually drive M&A decisions and the specific impacts of M&A deals on shareholder wealth. The core material in the finance and accounting journals tend to provide a quantitative basis for accessing the success or failure of M&A deals. The management journals tend to explore qualitative aspects of mergers. While financial considerations rely heavily on behavioural considerations for their success, we aim to provide an integrated approach to our review.

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