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How Private Equity Investors Drive M&A Performance

Timo Paumen (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands)
David P. Kroon (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Svetlana N. Khapova (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Advances in Mergers and Acquisitions

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

Publication date: 24 August 2023


While Merger & Acquisition (M&A) activity has reached unprecedented levels over recent years, M&A failure rates remain high. Yet, there is growing evidence that private equity funds show high success rates. As little is known about the differences between different types of buyers, and only scant information exists on private equity funds’ operations, we inductively explore the reasons for their outperformance. In this qualitative study, we identify three characteristics (i.e., organizational set-up, private equity investors’ professional identities, and an integrative work approach), which we brought together into a theoretical framework that explains how private equity professionals can enable better M&A performance. Finally, our findings underline the effectiveness of specific incentivization approaches applied in private equity funds.



Paumen, T., Kroon, D.P. and Khapova, S.N. (2023), "How Private Equity Investors Drive M&A Performance", Cooper, C.L. and Finkelstein, S. (Ed.) Advances in Mergers and Acquisitions (Advances in Mergers and Acquisitions, Vol. 22), Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 131-154.



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