Management Practices and Mergers and Acquisitions
63 Pages Posted: 6 Jul 2018 Last revised: 14 Feb 2020
Date Written: February 5, 2020
Using a novel dataset of establishment-level management practices from the U.S. Census Bureau, we show that firms with more specific, formal, frequent, or explicit (i.e., “structured”) management practices tend to acquire establishments with less structured management practices, and following the acquisition, adopt more structured practices at the target establishments. These changes are larger when acquirers have a greater incentive and ability to make changes and are also followed by improvements in establishment performance. Overall, our findings suggest that the adoption of more structured management practices constitute an important source of value creation in mergers and acquisitions.
Keywords: Mergers and Acquisitions, Management Practices, Synergies, Value Creation
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