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Merger and acquisition typologies: a review

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Publication date2012
Host publicationThe handbook of mergers and acquisitions
EditorsDavid Faulkner, Satu Teerikangas, Richard Joseph
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages31
ISBN (Print)9780199601462
Original languageEnglish


Typologies are in abundance in the Mergers and Acquisitions (‘M&A’) literature and many are common currency amongst practitioners and academics alike. To date however they appear to have achieved a degree of uncritical acceptance. This may have negative consequences for deal doers and those seeking to build strong academic foundations for M&A research. Consequently there is need for critical appraisal of M&A typologies in order to re-root this research stream. This chapter provides an extensive review, comparison and critique of many prominent typologies in the M&A literature in order to identify the status of these frameworks and to highlight where further refinement and testing is necessary. This is the first critical review of typologies in the M&A field and aims to assess their role in making sense of this complex area.