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Good learners: how top management teams affect the success and frequency of acquisitions

Nadolska, Anna and Barkema, Harry G. (2014) Good learners: how top management teams affect the success and frequency of acquisitions. Strategic Management Journal, 35 (10). pp. 1483-1507. ISSN 0143-2095

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Identification Number: 10.1002/smj.2172


We develop new theory and hypotheses on how a firm's top management team learns from acquisition experience, why, in consequence, the composition of the team is crucial, and how this affects acquisition frequency and success. We focus on the diversity of the top team and argue that heterogeneous teams, as compared to homogenous ones, acquire less but benefit more from their acquisition experience and are more successful with their acquisitions because they avoid mis-transferring their experiences. We tested our hypotheses on acquisition frequency and success using longitudinal data on more than 2,000 acquisitions by 25 Dutch companies over four decades (1966 to 2006).

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Additional Information: © 2013 John Wiley & Sons
Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Sets: Departments > Management
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2013 12:54
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 01:45

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