The Role of Emotions in Cross-border Mergers & Acquisitions: A Systematic Review of the Inter-disciplinary Literature and Future Research Agenda

Nadia Zahoor, Zaheer Khan* (Corresponding Author), Rudolf R. Sinkovics

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Abstract

Cross-border mergers and acquisitions (M&As) are highly emotional events for the employees of involved organizations. The strength and directionality of emotional reactions can result in positive or negative employee outcomes contributing to success or failure of cross-border M&As. Existing studies on emotions and cross-border M&As have identified various underlying mechanisms and factors that influence employee emotions in cross-border M&A
activities, leading to a fragmentation of current research on this topic. In this article, we systematically review the interdisciplinary literature on the role played by emotions in crossborder M&As by analyzing a sample of 78 articles published between 2000 and 2021. We contribute to the current literature by (1) providing a holistic and deeper understanding of the role played by emotions in cross-border M&As; (2) mapping the current state of the interdisciplinary literature on emotions and cross-border M&As; and (3) developing a multilevel framework, and identifying key theories and emerging themes to be examined in future
studies.
Original languageEnglish
Article number100958
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of International Management
Volume28
Issue number4
Early online date18 May 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2022

Keywords

  • Emotions
  • cross-border mergers and acquisitions
  • Human-side factors
  • international business
  • systematic literature review

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