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How to make a merger work: A Review of Research

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Mergers and acquisitions are often seen as a desirable method of growing a business. However, many mergers and acquisitions fail to meet their desired outcomes and have in a number of cases resulted in disastrous consequences for the organisations concerned. As organisations grow and become more complex, mergers and acquisitions also become trickier to navigate.

A new review of the research about mergers and acquisitions has just been published. The aim of the review conducted by Dr. Norbert Steigenberger, a researcher at the University of Cologne, Köln, in Germany was to discover what is, and isn’t known in scholarly papers as mergers and acquisitions. The review focused solely on peer reviewed research and avoided the plethora of unsubstantiated works such as books, blogs, articles and other literature that abound. Steigenberger reviewed 480 research papers overall and then focussed on the findings of 193 papers deemed to contain quality, up-to-date research.

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