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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
<mark>Original language</mark>English


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.