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Acquisitions as Corporate Entrepreneurship

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Publication date15/06/2018
Host publicationAdvances in Mergers and Acquisitions
PublisherEmerald
Pages119-144
Number of pages26
Volume17
ISBN (Electronic)9781787561359
ISBN (Print)9781787561366
<mark>Original language</mark>English

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NameAdvances in Mergers and Acquisitions
PublisherEmerald
Volume17
ISSN (Print)1479-361X

Abstract

Increasing chances of firm survival requires enduring entrepreneurship or the ability to balance competing demands for exploration and exploitation. We developed how acquisitions can provide needed disruption to change a firm's dominant orientation toward exploration or exploitation or enable a continued focus on a firm's dominant orientation. The result is a new typology for acquisition integration associated with different pre-and post-acquisition characteristics. For example, a firm with an exploitation orientation faces different integration challenges in acquiring targets with an exploration or exploitation orientation. We also distinguished between human and task integration to enable more nuanced integration decisions that help to reconcile conflicting findings on acquisition integration decisions. Implications for management research and practice were discussed.