Motives for Cross Border Mergers and Acquisitions: Perspective of UK Firms

32 Pages Posted: 9 Feb 2010

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Keith W. Glaister

University of Sheffield - School of Management

Mohammad Faisal Ahammad

Nottingham Trent University

Date Written: February 8, 2010

Abstract

This paper considers the strategic motivation for cross border mergers and acquisitions (CBM&As) for a sample of UK firms acquiring North American and European firms. The leading set of motives lends support to the theories of strategic positioning and the resource based view. The highest ranked strategic motives for CBM&As are to enable presence in new markets, to enable faster entry to market, to facilitate international expansion, gain new capabilities and gain strategic assets. Hypotheses are tested on the relationship between the relative importance of individual strategic motives and a number of characteristics of the sample. In general findings show that there is little variation in the relative importance of the strategic motives across the characteristics of the sample.

Keywords: Cross border acquisitions, Motives

Suggested Citation

Glaister, Keith W. and Ahammad, Mohammad Faisal, Motives for Cross Border Mergers and Acquisitions: Perspective of UK Firms (February 8, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1549812 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1549812

Keith W. Glaister

University of Sheffield - School of Management ( email )

9 Mappin Street
Sheffield, S1 4DT
United Kingdom

Mohammad Faisal Ahammad (Contact Author)

Nottingham Trent University ( email )

Burton Street
Nottingham NG1 4BU, NG1 4LN
United Kingdom
44 0115 848 3831 (Phone)

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