Mergers and acquisitions (M&As) have been studied using different approaches that have generated a considerable amount of empirical and theoretical studies, resulting in a high fragmentation of points of view (Capasso and Meglio, 2005). This phenomenon is particularly true for high-tech sectors that have been increasingly characterised by a significant expansion of M&As’ activity (Chadam and Pastuszak 2013; Rossi et al., 2013). Furthermore, the very definition of “hi-tech M&A” also presents difficulties. In fact, M&As in high technology sectors concern two different typologies of acquisitions: the acquisition of high-tech companies and acquisitions in which technology is only one component of the acquired firm’s assets (Ahuja and Katila 2001).
The purpose of this Special Issue is to analyse the phenomenon of mergers and acquisitions in high-tech sectors. Recent years have witnessed an impressive wave of M&As, but these operations, despite their popularity, have produced mixed results for their stakeholders and presented no systemic vision (Rossi, 2015).
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
- M&A and value creation
- M&A in different countries,
- M&A in different industries (high-tech vs. traditional)
- M&A as financial choice
- Organisational changes in M&As
Submission of manuscripts: 31 August, 2017
Ahuja, G. and Katila, R. (2001), "Technological acquisitions and the innovation performance of acquiring firms: a longitudinal Study", Strategic Management Journal, Vol. 22 No. 3, pp. 197-220
Capasso, A. and Meglio, O. (2005), "Knowledge transfer in mergers and acquisition: how frequent acquirers lean to manage the integration process", in Capasso, A., Dagnino, G.B. and Lanza, A. (Eds), Strategic Capabilities and Knowledge Transfer within and between Organizations, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham.
Chadam, J. and Pastuszak, Z. (2013), "Acquisitions: how should a project be successfully executed?", Industrial Management & Data Systems, Vol. 113, No. 9, pp. 1270-1285
Rossi, M., Tarba, S.Y. and Raviv, A. (2013), "Mergers and acquisitions in the hightech industry: a literature review", International Journal of Organizational Analysis, Vol. 21 No. 1, pp. 66-82.
Rossi, M., Thrassou, A. and Vrontis, D. (2015), "Biotechnological mergers and acquisitions: features, trends and new dynamics", Journal of Research in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, Vol. 17, No. 1, pp. 91-109