In light of the mixed findings upon whether good performers are good or bad acquirers, this paper explores the relationship between firm-level recent profitability and post-acquisition performance through the competing analysis of the managerial ability and the hubris hypotheses. The paper also builds on the organizational learning literature to examine the moderating effect played by a firm’s previous acquisition experience, as a potential contingency factor that may alter the performance effects of acquisitions. Based on a dataset of 469 acquisitions completed between 2007 and 2013, results provide support to the managerial ability hypothesis, according to which good performing firms exhibit better post-acquisition returns. Results also support the existence of learning benefits from previous acquisition experience, which further enhances the positive effect played by an acquirer’s recent profitability on post-acquisition performance.
|Numero di pagine||27|
|Rivista||Eurasian Business Review|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Pubblicato - 2019|
- Acquisition experience
- Firm profitability
- Managerial ability
- Post-acquisition performance