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Inorganic growth of technology sector firms in emerging markets: Influence of firm-specific factors in Indian firms’ M&A activities

Arindam Das (Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi, India)
Sheeba Kapil (Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi, India)

International Journal of Emerging Markets

ISSN: 1746-8809

Article publication date: 19 January 2015

Abstract

Purpose

Emerging economies and technology firms in these economies have witnessed significant increase in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activities in recent years. The purpose of this paper is to conduct an empirical research on Indian technology firms and analyze the influence of firm-specific factors on firms’ M&A decisions.

Design/methodology/approach

A set of 372 Indian firms in the technology sector have been studied for the period 2001-2011, a decade when this sector has seen maximum number of M&A transactions.

Findings

The results show that financially strong, low-debt firms with high market capitalization are the typical acquirers in this segment and they tend to be serial acquirer too.

Originality/value

Contrary to established findings in developed economies, the authors find that Indian technology firms’ acquisition decisions are not associated with their R&D activities, opening up scope for investigations on role of technology assets in emerging market firms’ acquisition decisions.

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Citation

Das, A. and Kapil, S. (2015), "Inorganic growth of technology sector firms in emerging markets: Influence of firm-specific factors in Indian firms’ M&A activities", International Journal of Emerging Markets, Vol. 10 No. 1, pp. 52-72. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJOEM-06-2012-0057

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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