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Cultural Similarities and Differences: Impacts on Performance in Strategic Partnerships

Advances in Mergers and Acquisitions

ISBN: 978-1-78052-196-1, eISBN: 978-1-78052-197-8

ISSN: 1479-361X

Publication date: 1 January 2012


This theoretical research endeavors to find common ground in the ostensibly inconsistent results of studies on the impact of cultural similarities and differences on strategic partnerships. Some findings suggested that partners have to possess similar cultural characteristics in order to achieve success, while others showed that cultural distance had a positive effect on efficiency and the competitiveness of partnerships. I systematically analyze the equivocal evidence of influence of both commonalities and differences on partnerships' outcomes, highlighting conditions under which they can be either beneficial or dysfunctional. Several propositions are formulated in regard to the role of qualitative and quantitative differences in both organizational and national cultures. Further, the theoretical and practical implications are also discussed.


Meirovich, G. (2012), "Cultural Similarities and Differences: Impacts on Performance in Strategic Partnerships", Cooper, C.L. and Finkelstein, S. (Ed.) Advances in Mergers and Acquisitions (Advances in Mergers & Acquisitions, Vol. 10), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 55-74.



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