M&A and the firm’s corporate development portfolio

A call for research integration

Authored by: Laurence Capron

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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This chapter offers scholars in the field of strategy a perspective from which mergers and acquisitions (M&As) can be viewed within the broader setting of a firm’s corporate development portfolio. Mergers and acquisitions can play a significant role in the enhancement or redeployment of a firm’s resources and can thus contribute to its survival (Ahuja and Katila 2001; Anand and Singh 1997; Capron 1999; Capron et al. 1998; Capron and Guillén 2009; Karim and Mitchell 2000; Graebner and Eisenhartd 2004). However, most research to date has examined M&As in isolation and without accounting for how they might interact with other means of corporate development—such as internal development and alliances.

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