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Manager Decisions Across Acquisition Phases: The Role of Inimical Resources

Elio Shijaku (Universitat de Barcelona, Spain)
David R. King (University of Florida, USA)

Advances in Mergers and Acquisitions

ISBN: 978-1-80071-724-4, eISBN: 978-1-80071-723-7

Publication date: 14 September 2022


The potential for resource combinations to have adverse consequences for acquiring firms is often overlooked in research. However, considering potential inimical resources can explain target and acquiring firm actions across the phases (evaluation, completion, and integration) of an acquisition. The authors outline how managers deal with inimical resources in acquisitions. Specifically, during evaluation, due diligence offers managers from acquiring firms the opportunity to avoid potential inimical resources by abandoning an acquisition. During integration, inimical resources can be dealt with either by limiting integration, or with planned or unplanned divestment. As a result, inimical resources explain observed actions and provide a context for making and improving corporate restructuring decisions.



Shijaku, E. and King, D.R. (2022), "Manager Decisions Across Acquisition Phases: The Role of Inimical Resources", Finkelstein, S. and Cooper, C.L. (Ed.) Advances in Mergers and Acquisitions (Advances in Mergers and Acquisitions, Vol. 21), Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 17-30.



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