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Addressing Information Asymmetry in Acquisitions: The Role of Social Ties

Olimpia Meglio (University of Naples Federico II, Italy)
David R. King (Florida State University, USA)
Elio Shijaku (University of Barcelona, Spain)

Advances in Mergers and Acquisitions

ISBN: 978-1-83753-861-4, eISBN: 978-1-83753-860-7

Publication date: 24 August 2023


Acquisitions are complex and ambiguous events fraught with information asymmetries emphasizing market failure before an acquisition or organizational failure during integration. While often treated in isolation, market and organization failure are intertwined in acquisitions as integration planning starts before a deal is closed. Effective integration begins with a deep understanding of the target to be able to share assets and knowledge. However, acquiring firms currently have limited solutions to address information asymmetries. Most remedies primarily aim at market failure using due diligence and external advisors, leaving information asymmetry due to organizational failure primarily unattended. The authors develop a typology that leverages informal and formal social ties to address information asymmetries across the acquisition process that jointly considers market and organizational failure. The typology of this study combines existing research to develop how social ties with stakeholders influence acquisitions and can increase their success.



Meglio, O., King, D.R. and Shijaku, E. (2023), "Addressing Information Asymmetry in Acquisitions: The Role of Social Ties", Cooper, C.L. and Finkelstein, S. (Ed.) Advances in Mergers and Acquisitions (Advances in Mergers and Acquisitions, Vol. 22), Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 1-17.



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