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Chinese Cross-Border M&A: Past Achievement, Contemporary Debates and Future Direction

Advances in Mergers and Acquisitions

ISBN: 978-1-78350-970-6

ISSN: 1479-361X

Publication date: 19 September 2014


This chapter focuses on the Chinese cross-border merger and acquisition (M&A) amid the rising trend of multinational companies from emerging economies. Based on a systematic review of published papers in top international business/strategy/organization journals on Chinese overseas M&A, we offer a tentative multilevel framework to consolidate the past achievement, consider contemporary debates, so as to direct future research efforts. We suggest that Chinese overseas M&A research should emphasize on a process perspective ranging from pre-acquisition to post-acquisition. In addition, qualitative research and methodological pluralism should be embraced to achieve this goal due to the nature of this emerging field of Chinese cross-border M&A. By allocating the extant literature into the multilevel framework, we articulate the demand and identify several potential topics for scholarly inquiry in the future in order to gain a nuanced understanding of this important phenomenon of Chinese cross-border M&A for both China and the rest of the world.




Financial support for this research was provided to Yipeng Liu in the form of faculty research fund from University of Kent’s faculty of social sciences.


Liu, Y. and Deng, P. (2014), "Chinese Cross-Border M&A: Past Achievement, Contemporary Debates and Future Direction", Advances in Mergers and Acquisitions (Advances in Mergers & Acquisitions, Vol. 13), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 85-107.



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