Title

When the target may know better: Effects of experience and information asymmetries on value from mergers and acquisitions

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

3-2017

Abstract

Extending research on the effect of experience on acquisition outcomes, we examine how the differential in previous M&A experience between the target and the acquirer affects the value they, respectively, obtain when the acquirer takes over the target. Drawing on literature about organizational learning, negotiation, and information economics, we theorize that the party with greater experience will be able to obtain more value. Furthermore, we theorize that the effect of differential M&A experience on value obtained is contingent on the level of information asymmetry the acquirer faces with respect to the target, specifically as a function of the target's product-market scope and whether the deal is friendly. We test and find support for these predictions in a sample of 1,241 M&As over a 30-year period.

Keywords

acquisition target, bargaining, experience advantage, M&A performance, product-market scope, mergers and acquisitions

Discipline

Strategic Management Policy

Research Areas

Strategy and Organisation

Publication

Strategic Management Journal

Volume

38

Issue

1

First Page

609

Last Page

625

ISSN

0143-2095

Identifier

10.1002/smj.2502

Publisher

Wiley: 24 months

Additional URL

http://doi.org/10.1002/smj.2502