Getting post-M&A integration mechanisms tuned in to technological relatedness and innovation synergy realisation

Emiel F.M. Wubben*, Maarten Batterink, Onno Omta

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Abstract

Studies on Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) typically relate innovation synergies to either context characteristics or post-M&A integration. There is little research on how to tune the relevant practices to the benefit of realising specific innovation synergies. It is the purpose of this paper to develop a conceptual framework on innovation synergy realisation in large M&As, that relates the following components: (1) strategic M&A characteristics; and (2) post-M&A integration mechanisms; to (3) innovation synergy realisation. The research explored how different innovation synergies were achieved in nine large medium-tech and high-tech M&As in the life sciences. From this case studies research, it turns out that higher degrees of technological relatedness allow for the realisation of more types of innovation synergy, brought about by the more demanding integration mechanisms structural linking and process re-design.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)992-1007
JournalTechnology Analysis and Strategic Management
Volume28
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • innovation process synergy
  • new growth platform
  • Post-M&A integration mechanisms
  • technological relatedness

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