Chapter 2

Prevalence of Themes in the M&A Literature

Introduction—The Economic Role of Mergers, Acquisitions, and Takeovers

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are strategic transactions between two companies for the purpose of creating a new entity. The new entity will strategically develop new synergies, such as control over a significant project, shared talent and workforce, and reduction of costs through consolidation and divestures (Andrade and Stafford 1999). Economies of scale, shared technology, and cross-fertilization, such as joint customer database information, could be other benefits of M&A. However, operational integration through integrated production and forecasting of systems’ logistics represents the most crucial part of the postmerger ...

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