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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