Managing poorly performing acquired companies during an economic downturn: Insights into the practices of post-acquisition management from the last recession

Meadows, Maureen and Angwin, Duncan (2010). Managing poorly performing acquired companies during an economic downturn: Insights into the practices of post-acquisition management from the last recession. In: Strategic Management Society 30th Annual International Conference, 12-15 Sep 2010, Rome.

Abstract

During this time of recession, poorly performing companies are potential acquisition targets. To improve their performance managerial actions are required but prescriptions from the turnaround literature are focused upon standalone organizations. These may not hold in other contexts such as acquired poorly performing companies which experience changes in corporate governance and additional organizational interdependencies. This paper focuses upon managerial turnaround change actions in an acquisition context to determine whether they are different to other i) acquired companies ii) standalone turnarounds. For robust results this paper employs a dual method to address criticisms of the practice stream; of over-reliance on case study methods which can lack generalizability. Findings indicate turnaround practices are distinct amongst all acquisition practices and there are two clear different approaches in use. This evidence suggest generic turnaround approaches need to recognise the effects of different contexts upon managerial practices.

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