Cross-Border Acquisitions and Employee-Engagement

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Hao Liang

Singapore Management University - Lee Kong Chian School of Business

Luc Renneboog

Tilburg University - Department of Finance; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI); Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC)

Cara Vansteenkiste

UNSW Australia Business School, School of Banking and Finance

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Date Written: July 25, 2017

Abstract

We provide novel evidence that a firm’s engagement in employee-related issues explains part of the value difference between its domestic and cross-border takeovers. An acquirer’s investment in employee relations is positively related to the firm’s performance when acquiring domestically, but labor-related frictions reverse this effect when acquiring a foreign target. The results cannot be explained by country-level labor regulation but are consistent with the notion that labor-related frictions exist that prohibit firms from efficiently transforming monetary incentives in higher shareholder value when acquiring a foreign target firm.

Keywords: employee-engagement, labor protection, monetary incentives, cross-border mergers and acquisitions (M&As)

JEL Classification: G34, M14, J24

Suggested Citation

Liang, Hao and Renneboog, Luc and Vansteenkiste, Cara, Cross-Border Acquisitions and Employee-Engagement (July 25, 2017). European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) - Finance Working Paper No. 496/2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2926479 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2926479

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Cara Vansteenkiste

UNSW Australia Business School, School of Banking and Finance ( email )

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Australia

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