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Merger and Acquisitions as Adjustment Processes

Merger and Acquisitions as Adjustment Processes The Tichy review needs to be placed in a broader conceptual framework. Declining transportation and communication costs have globalized markets. Technological changes including Internet developments have transformed industries and blurred industry boundaries. Such change forces have required adjustments by all firms. Mergers represent only one of the many strategies business firms have used. In adjusting to changing environments and competitive developments, firms changed the scope and mix of products and markets. Alliances, joint ventures, licensing, franchising, investments modify organization structures and business relationships. Divestitures, spin-offs, split-ups, rollups, consolidations, downsizing, and reorganizations alter the size, focus, growth rates, and vertical structures of firms. The efforts seeking to improve a firm's competitive position succeed or fail in various degrees. The many forms of industry and firm adjustment processes make structural-based antitrust guidelines bad policies. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png "Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade" Springer Journals

Merger and Acquisitions as Adjustment Processes

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2001 by Kluwer Academic Publishers
Subject
Economics; Industrial Organization; Economic Policy; R & D/Technology Policy; European Integration; Microeconomics; International Economics
ISSN
1566-1679
eISSN
1573-7012
DOI
10.1023/A:1019518909366
Publisher site
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Abstract

The Tichy review needs to be placed in a broader conceptual framework. Declining transportation and communication costs have globalized markets. Technological changes including Internet developments have transformed industries and blurred industry boundaries. Such change forces have required adjustments by all firms. Mergers represent only one of the many strategies business firms have used. In adjusting to changing environments and competitive developments, firms changed the scope and mix of products and markets. Alliances, joint ventures, licensing, franchising, investments modify organization structures and business relationships. Divestitures, spin-offs, split-ups, rollups, consolidations, downsizing, and reorganizations alter the size, focus, growth rates, and vertical structures of firms. The efforts seeking to improve a firm's competitive position succeed or fail in various degrees. The many forms of industry and firm adjustment processes make structural-based antitrust guidelines bad policies.

Journal

"Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade"Springer Journals

Published: Oct 7, 2004

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