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Vol. 21. Issue 1.
Pages 13-24 (January - December 2016)
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Vol. 21. Issue 1.
Pages 13-24 (January - December 2016)
DOI: 10.1016/j.gemrev.2015.12.002
Three decades of strategic management research on M&As: Citations, co-citations, and topics
Manuel Portugal Ferreiraa,b,
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, Nuno Rosa dos Reisc, Cláudia Frias Pintod
a Graduate School of Management, Universidade Nove de Julho, Brazil
b School of Technology and Management, Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, Leiria, Portugal
c School of Technology and Management, globADVANTAGE – Center of Research in International Business & Strategy, Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, Leiria, Portugal
d FGV/EAESP – Fundação Getúlio Vargas, São Paulo, SP, Brazil
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Table 1. Main research topics.
Table 2. The most influential articles in the sample.
Table 3. Most cited works by M&A articles published in the SMJ.
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Merger and acquisitions (M&As) strategies have been growingly deployed by firms for their domestic and international expansion, in order to redefine their business scope or take advantage of emerging opportunities. In this paper we conduct a bibliometric study of the extant strategy research on M&As, assessed by the articles published in the main journal for strategic management studies over the period 1984–2010. Results reveal the highest impact works (articles and books), the intellectual ties among authors and theories that form five main clusters of research, and the topics delved into. Performance effects, M&As as diversification strategies, and resource- and capabilities-based topics have dominated the extant research. The study contributes to the existing knowledge on M&As by taking stock of the accumulated knowledge and research direction, complementing other literature reviews with a strategic management perspective. Thus, we provide a rear view of the field, which facilitates detecting untapped gaps that may provide generous avenues for future research.

Mergers & acquisitions
Strategic management research
Bibliometric study
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