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Mergers and acquisitions: the latest university fashion?

Barbara Czarniawska (GRI, Goteborgs Universitet, Goteborg, Sweden)

Qualitative Research in Accounting & Management

ISSN: 1176-6093

Article publication date: 29 August 2019

Issue publication date: 12 March 2020



This paper aims to describe and explain a contemporary phenomenon.


This is an analysis of research reports and fiction texts.


Universities use mergers and acquisitions to improve their ranking positions, ignoring the effects on research and teaching.

Research limitations/implications

More attention should be paid to current managerial fashions.

Practical implications

An opposition to thoughtless fashion following may lead to positive changes.

Social implications

If you mean “societal implications”, the state of universities is very important to democratic societies.


These are not for the author to judge.



Czarniawska, B. (2020), "Mergers and acquisitions: the latest university fashion?", Qualitative Research in Accounting & Management, Vol. 17 No. 1, pp. 18-32.



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