A 27-year review of mergers and acquisitions research in 27 leading management journals

Emanuel Gomes, Sunbir Alam, Shlomo Y. Tarba, Ferran Vendrell-Herrero

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This study contributes to the existing body of knowledge on mergers and acquisitions (M&As) by providing a systematic review of over 500 academic articles across 27 management journals over a 27-year time frame. There appears to be a mixture of empirical and conceptual articles, with a larger proportion being empirical but an increasing number leaning towards a conceptual nature. Our findings show that most studies follow a quantitative approach and use large samples, mostly originating from existing databases. There is an emergence of thematic areas related to the strategic factors influencing M&As, but with the human dimension, gaining increasing attention over time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-193
Number of pages15
JournalStrategic Change
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2020


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