2Theoretical foundations—Technology-focused acquisitions and strategic decisions

In this chapter, I will summarize the theoretical foundations on technology-focused acquisitions and decision making within technology-focused acquisitions. These are a necessary pre-requisite for developing a deeper understanding of performance- and functionality-focused acquisitions that are the core topic of this thesis. Within the context of technology-focused acquisitions (section 2.1) I first discuss their definition and characteristics (section 2.1.1), then explain the process of technology-focused acquisitions (section 2.1.2) and finally elaborate on some key issues that are commonly associated with them (section 2.1.3). Section 2.2 continues with a discussion ...

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