Into the unknown: Rethinking the relationship between synergy and uncertainty in mergers and acquisitions (M&A)

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Abstract

This paper attempts to rethink the relationship between synergy and uncertainty from one where synergy increases as uncertainty decreases to one where synergy itself is an inherently uncertain phenomenon. It looks at how past attempts to reduce uncertainty has not led conclusively to a corresponding increase in synergy. It also presents the complexity science Synergetics as a promising new lens with which to develop a perspective of synergy as a process of self-organization that is inherently uncertain. The paper concludes with some thoughts about further development
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBAM 2016 Conference Proceedings
PublisherBritish Academy of Management
ISBN (Print)978-0-9549608-9-6
Publication statusPublished - 8 Sep 2016
EventBritish Academy of Management Conference 2016 - University of Newcastle, Newcastle, United Kingdom
Duration: 6 Sep 20168 Sep 2016

Conference

ConferenceBritish Academy of Management Conference 2016
Abbreviated titleBAM Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityNewcastle
Period6/09/168/09/16

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