Introducing IT-enabled business flexibility and IT integration in the acquirer's M&A performance equation

Jose Benitez-Amado, Gautam Ray

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Abstract

Though mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are a common strategy to reduce costs and pursue growth, the variance in returns from M&A is very high. This research explores how information technology (IT) affects firms' ability to sense and seize M&A opportunities and assimilate acquisitions. Using a combination of secondary as well as matched-pair survey data from 100 mid-size Spanish firms, the empirical analysis suggests that through the development of business flexibility and IT integration capability, a flexible IT infrastructure enables firms to pursue M&A opportunities and facilitates the integration of IT and business resources of the merged firm, to help realize the economic benefits of M&A activities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2012
Pages907-927
Number of pages21
Volume2
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012
EventInternational Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2012 - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: Dec 16 2012Dec 19 2012

Other

OtherInternational Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2012
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL
Period12/16/1212/19/12

Keywords

  • Business flexibility
  • Dynamic capability
  • IT infrastructure flexibility
  • IT integration capability
  • M and A

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