Light-touch Integration of Chinese Cross-Border M&A: The Influences of Culture and Absorptive Capacity

Liu, Y.P. and Woywode, M. (2013) Light-touch Integration of Chinese Cross-Border M&A: The Influences of Culture and Absorptive Capacity. Thunderbird International Business Review, 55 (4). pp. 469-483. ISSN 1096-4762. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

As a major entry mode of global strategy of Chinese MNCs, Chinese cross-border merger and acquisition (M&A) is still a less understood phenomenon, in particular the post acquisition phase. This study contributes to this rising, important and interesting phenomenon utilizing an explorative research method. By integrating synergy potential, culture influences and the learning perspective, we suggest a multilevel perspective in understanding Chinese cross-border M&A. A novel post acquisition integration approach, namely light-touch integration, is investigated, and supported by newly assembled empirical evidence in the context of Chinese M&A in Germany. Light-touch integration essentially synthesizes the preservation and symbiosis integration approaches due to the contextual characteristics of Chinese cross-border M&A, such as cultural influences and the learning perspective. Understanding the cultural and learning influences can facilitate and smooth the activities involved in the post acquisition phase. The light-touch integration approach offers ample opportunities for joint collaborations between and mutual benefits for acquiring firms, acquired targets and third party organizations.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School
Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > International Business and Strategy
Depositing User: Cathy Norman
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2012 15:47
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2013 10:02
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/30311 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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