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Title: Mergers & acquisitions research: a bibliometric study of top strategy journals, 2000 - 2009
Author: Santos, João
Ferreira, Manuel Portugal
Reis, Nuno
Serra, Fernando
Keywords: Mergers & acquisitions
Strategic management journals
Bibliometric study
Issue Date: 2010
Series/Report no.: globADVANTAGE Working paper series;70
Abstract: Mergers and acquisitions (M&As) are important modes through which firms undertake their domestic and international strategies. This bibliometric review examines the extant research on M&As in the top five strategic management journals during a ten years period – from 2000 to 2009. The 90 articles identified in these top journals denote an eclectic theoretical focus with the prevalence of four theories – resource-based view, transaction costs, agency theory and institutional theory. We present a brief analysis of the key issues in M&A research, as well as the samples and theories more commonly used. We conclude by presenting a broad discussion comprising the methods used, the research questions investigated, the type of articles, as well as limitations and avenues for future enquiry.
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