Strategic Investment Decision-Making Perspectives

Alkaraan, Fadi (2015) Strategic Investment Decision-Making Perspectives. In: Advances in Mergers and Acquisitions. Emerald, pp. 33-66. ISBN 978-1-78560-091-3, 978-1-78560-090-6

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Mergers and acquisitions strategies are not risk-free, potential problems in achieving success include integration difficulties, inadequate evaluation of target, inability to achieve synergy, and complexity. Such strategies can fail for many reasons including inadequate evaluation of targets or inadequate pre-decision control mechanisms. Mergers and acquisitions are reviewed in this chapter as strategic investment decision-making perspective. Established financial analyses remain important in appraising investment choices, despite their limiting assumptions and their recognised shortcomings in capturing strategic project dimensions. However, managers balance these economic analyses with less-structured, strategic analyses underpinned by informed judgement. The fact that empirical studies reveal a continued reliance on judgement by investment decision-makers does not mean that rational economic analysis is a futile exercise. What studies of practice do seem to suggest is that the theory and practice of strategic investment decision-making need to take into account both economically rational and intuitive decision processes. Reflecting on the research evidence, we conclude that strategic investment appraisal will be best supported by approaches that (i) couple sound economic analysis with the development of managerial judgement and (ii) take account of the broader decision-making context within which both economic and strategic analyses are used.

Keywords:M&A, strategic investment decisions, appraisal, control
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N411 Cost and Management Accountancy
N Business and Administrative studies > N340 Financial Management
N Business and Administrative studies > N321 Investment
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:34528
Deposited On:17 Dec 2018 15:45

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