Stakeholder and merger and acquisition research: a structured literature review
James Guthrie and
Accounting and Finance, 2021, vol. 61, issue 2, 2935-2964
This paper reviews literature that links stakeholders and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) to develop insights into how such research is developing, critique the research, and outline future research opportunities, not least in accounting and finance. Using a structured literature review (SLR) approach, we find such research is expanding in investigating diverse stakeholders and in analytic approaches, research methods and disciplines. With a shareholder focus, accounting and finance publications still largely ignore non‐shareholder stakeholders in researching M&A. The literature is dominated by a unidirectional analysis that primarily considers the effect M&A has on stakeholders, falls short in investigating inter‐ and intra‐stakeholder relationships and in eliciting the complex web of relationships between an M&A process and stakeholders.
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