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Challenges and opportunities for cross‐border acquisitions by Chinese construction enterprises

Jun Ying Liu (Department of Construction Management, Tianjin University, Tianjin, People's Republic of China)
Sui Pheng Low (Department of Building, National University of Singapore,Singapore)
Miaomiao Niu (Department of Construction Management, Tianjin University, Tianjin, People's Republic of China)

Journal of Technology Management in China

ISSN: 1746-8779

Article publication date: 31 May 2011

Abstract

Purpose

In recent years, several high‐profile cross‐border acquisitions made by Chinese enterprises have attracted the world's attention. However, none of these acquisitions were related to Chinese construction enterprises despite their expanding role in the international construction market. The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the objectives and impediments faced by Chinese construction enterprises in cross‐border acquisitions based on existing theories and research studies.

Design/methodology/approach

Based on a literature review and the analysis of the current status of cross‐border acquisitions in China, an industry‐wide questionnaire survey was conducted to investigate the objectives and impediments of cross‐border acquisitions faced by Chinese construction enterprises.

Findings

The main objective of Chinese construction enterprises towards cross‐border acquisitions is to create new markets and to optimize the industrial structure. Although a majority of the construction enterprises demonstrated an intention for cross‐border acquisitions which is driven by their past and current overseas activities, their preparation for cross‐border acquisitions is impeded by concerns over post‐acquisition issues and a lack of knowledge and experience.

Originality/value

The paper originally contributes to a better understanding of the current status of cross‐border acquisitions by Chinese construction enterprises based on an analysis of their objectives and impediments, which will be useful for researchers and practitioners.

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Citation

Ying Liu, J., Pheng Low, S. and Niu, M. (2011), "Challenges and opportunities for cross‐border acquisitions by Chinese construction enterprises", Journal of Technology Management in China, Vol. 6 No. 2, pp. 140-152. https://doi.org/10.1108/17468771111139391

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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