What Mergers and Acquisitions Research is about – Theories, Topics, and the Scientific Community
51 Pages Posted: 17 Sep 2020
Date Written: August 4, 2020
Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) have become a central instrument of organizational development. Consequently, research on M&A has developed into a complex research area of management science in recent years. However, the different perspectives are so heterogeneous that a holistic view is often difficult to achieve. The present research paper aims to take a holistic view of M&A research and, based on a bibliometric analysis, to allocate the various studies to research clusters, to map interrelationships between documents, authors, countries, and institutions and to trace the development of M&A research over time. For this purpose, a sample of 580 articles from 9 leading management science journals was bibliometrically examined and a total of 42,630 citations and 18,734 unique references were considered for the years 1963–2019.
Keywords: M&A, Bibliometrics, Co-Citation Analysis, Network Analysis, Science Mapping, Mergers, Acquisitions, Deal
JEL Classification: G34, M10, M19
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