The Urge to Merge: The Role of Governance Structures in Mergers and Acquisitions
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The Urge to Merge: The Role of Governance Structures in Mergers and Acquisitions. (1996). Journal of Business Strategies, 13(2), 151-166. https://doi.org/10.54155/jbs.13.2.151-166

Abstract

The 1990s have witnessed merger and acquisition activity which rivals that of the 1980s "merger mania." As firms continue to consolidate either within industries or across industries it is appropriate to investigate those aspects of a target firm which might attract a bidder. The board of directors, a central decision-making body in the corporation, may provide insights into this process. This study investigates the relationship between board composition and size and the incidence of a firm being targeted for a merger or acquisition. Results of a logistic regression analysis of a matched set of target firms and firms not targeted for merger or acquisition reveal that target firms have higher proportions of independent outside directors and more total numbers of directors. Moreover, we find that target firms have greater exposure to institutional investors.

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