The Joint Effect of Experience Accumulation and Prior Performance Feedbacks on Focal Acquisition Performance

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Abstract

Building on previous studies suggesting that the effect of experience on acquisition performance may be driven by additional factors, this paper investigates the experience-performance relationship in the context of acquisitions positing that the impact of experience accumulation on focal acquisition performance is contingent upon prior performance. Because extreme prior performances, i.e. success and failure, can lead, respectively, to behavioral stability or change, the paper hypothesizes that the relationship between prior performance and current performance may not be linear. Using a dataset of 497 acquisitions completed between 2007 and 2013 in a multi-industry setting, evidence is found of an inverted U-shaped relationship between prior performance and current performance, thus suggesting that extreme performance experiences are detrimental to current performance outcomes. In addition, prior performance moderates the experience effect: greatest benefits from experience accumulation are found at intermediate levels of prior performance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication"Manageable Cooperation?", Proceedings of the EURAM 2016 Conference
Pages1-26
Number of pages26
Volume2016
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event16° European Academy of Management Annual Conference - Paris
Duration: 1 Jun 20164 Jun 2016

Publication series

NameEURAM CONFERENCE

Conference

Conference16° European Academy of Management Annual Conference
CityParis
Period1/6/164/6/16

Keywords

  • Acquisitions
  • Experience
  • Performance

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