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.
More attention should be paid to current managerial fashions.
An opposition to thoughtless fashion following may lead to positive changes.
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. https://doi.org/10.1108/QRAM-01-2019-0003
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