Editor: Sydney Finkelstein and Cary Cooper
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What makes the Advances in Mergers and Acquisitions series stand out is its focus on all three characteristics that make up this research field – studies from scholars in different countries, with different research questions, relying on different theoretical perspectives. Such a broad, and inclusive, approach to mergers and acquisitions is not easily replicated in academic journals, with much narrower mandates and metrics. The collections published each year provide cutting edge ideas by leading scholars on a global scale.
In light of the enormous sums being invested in growth-via-acquisition strategies, as well as ‘survival through merger’ strategic decisions, academic research on mergers and acquisitions has never been more important. The current worldwide recession and enormous difficulties experienced by many companies throughout the globe have resulted in greater consolidation and mergers in a variety of sectors. With these widespread mergers, joint ventures and re-alignments, it is not surprising that academic research on mergers and acquisitions has been similarly robust. Each collection of articles that makes up a volume of Advances in Mergers and Acquisitions paints a picture of contemporary research on this topic. Advances in Mergers and Acquisitions brings together a series of articles from academics around the world with the expressed purpose of enhancing our knowledge of the entire M&A process, from strategic analysis to integration.
By bringing together a collection of papers by scholars from different disciplines, with different research agendas, and hailing from a variety of countries yet all of whom are tackling the same general phenomenon, this series offers something that cannot be easily replicated in other forums. Integrative and expansive in its choice of research questions and theoretical underpinnings Advances in Mergers and Acquisitions offers a unique perspective on this diffuse topic that helps scholars think about mergers and acquisitions in new ways, building the knowledge base on this critical topic.
The series provides a diverse explanation of topics and methods provided by scholars from around the world, and is essential reading for all academics, researchers and practitioners involved in the areas of mergers and acquisitions.
The Advances in Mergers and Acquisitions series comprises of leading international scholars from a range of disciplines exploring the economic, financial, strategic or organizational behaviour aspects of mergers and acquisitions. A diversity of disciplines, perspectives, countries, topics, issues, methodologies and research questions are represented in each volume. The series explores a wide range of topical issues, from employees’ attitudes toward post-merger integration, to ‘culture fit’, to transitional governance arrangements, to the effects of complexity and post-merger/post-acquisition integration. Coverage includes, but is not restricted to:
Cary L. Cooper is Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health, Lancaster University Management School and Pro Vice Chancellor (External Relations) at Lancaster University. He is the author of over 100 books (on occupational stress, women at work and industrial and organizational psychology), has written over 400 scholarly articles, and is a frequent contributor to national newspapers, TV and radio.
Professor Cooper is a Fellow of the British Academy of Management and also of the Academy of Management (having also won the 1998 Distinguished Service Award). In 2001 he was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his contribution to organizational health. Professor Cooper is Chair of The Sunningdale Institute, a think tank on management/organizational issues, in the National School of Government. He was also the lead scientist to the UK Government Office for Science on their Foresight programme on Mental Capital and Well Being (2007-2008), and was appointed a member of the expert group on establishing guidance for the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence on ‘promoting mental wellbeing through productive and healthy working conditions’, 2009. Professor Cooper is Chair of the UK’s Academy of Social Sciences.
Professor Cooper is also the President of the Institute of Welfare, President of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, a national Ambassador of The Samaritans, a Patron of the Anxiety UK, and Patron of the National Bullying Helpline. HR Magazine named him the 6th Most Influential Thinker in HR in 2009.
Biography information for Sydney Finkelstein is available at his webpage.
Cary L. Cooper
University of Lancaster, UK
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