Qualitative and longitudinal studies of mergers and acquisitions

A reflection of methods in use

Authored by: Annette Risberg

The Routledge Companion to Mergers and Acquisitions

Print publication date:  July  2015
Online publication date:  June  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415704663
eBook ISBN: 9780203761885
Adobe ISBN: 9781134497652


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Since the early 2000s there has been an increased focus on methods in studies of mergers and acquisitions. In 2009, a symposium on qualitative methods in merger and acquisition studies was held at the Academy of Management conference. In 2012, Susan Cartwright, Satu Teerikangas, Audrey Rouzies, and Elizabeth Wilson-Evered edited a special issue of Scandinavian Journal of Management with a focus on method in what they called inter-organizational encounters (Cartwright et al. 2012), and in 2010 Meglio and I (Meglio and Risberg 2010) called for a wider use of qualitative and longitudinal methods in the study of mergers and acquisitions.

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