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Impact of M&As on Employment in the Indian Information Technology (IT) Industry

Amit Soni (), Avinash Chandra () and Sumati Varma ()
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Amit Soni: University of Delhi
Avinash Chandra: Capgemini
Sumati Varma: University of Delhi

The Indian Journal of Labour Economics, 2020, vol. 63, issue 2, No 6, 329 pages

Abstract: Abstract Mergers & Acquisitions (M&As) are an important feature of both domestic investment and global FDI. Post-liberalization, India has been an important contributor to both domestic and global M&As, led by the IT sector. This study attempts to investigate the impact of M&As on employment for Indian Information Technology (IT) firms for the period 2007–2015. The Indian IT sector has been a leader for the Indian economy, with its contribution to economic growth, exports and employment generation. However, there is a significant gap in studies examining the impact of M&As on employment in the IT sector. This study makes an important contribution as it attempts to fill that gap, using mixed-methods techniques for a study of both domestic and cross-border M&As. We combine multivariate regression analysis with qualitative techniques of content analysis and interviews for an in-depth view. The study finds that M&As had a positive influence on employee strength in the context of the Indian IT sector, for both domestic and cross-border deals. The study thus highlights the important policy prescription of M&As being a source of employment and growth, even during periods of slowdown in the global and domestic economy.

Keywords: Mergers; Acquisitions; Employment; IT sector; Panel data models (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G34 J21 L86 C33 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1007/s41027-020-00232-7

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