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Geely Automotive's Acquisition of Volvo

Yuanyi Amy Chen, Xinran Joyce Wang and Michael N. Young
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Yuanyi Amy Chen: University of Tennessee, USA
Xinran Joyce Wang: University of Tennessee, USA
Michael N. Young: Department of Management, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong

Asian Case Research Journal (ACRJ), 2015, vol. 19, issue 01, 183-202

Abstract: The case describes Geely Automotive's strategy to grow from an unknown Chinese refrigerator manufacturer into a global international player. A big step toward Geely's internationalization was its acquisition of Volvo Car Corporation in 2010. The acquisition prompted the largest profits and most intense technology transfer in Geely's history. But it also created conflicts between the two merging organizations including differences over leadership style, resource sharing, and branding strategy. The case discusses the synergies and challenges encountered by Geely and Volvo and illustrates the details of the acquisition. The case also provides lessons for other enterprises from emerging economies that are increasingly wishing to expand to well-developed markets such as America and Europe.

Date: 2015
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