Two Sides of the Same Coin: Family Firms and the Performance of Acquisitions and Divestitures

Working Papers

In this project, I seek to compare how effectively family firms undertake and implement acquisitions and divestitures relative to their non-family counterparts. While family firms are less likely than non-family firms to undertake divestitures, the stock market returns earned by the family firms that undertake these deals exceed those of non-family firms.Read More

Organizational Learning and Integration Capabilities: A Study of Corporate Development Professionals in the S&P 500

Funded Research Proposal

In this project, I plan to study the questions of how firms learn and why they fail to learn in the context of post-merger integration. Existing works on mergers and acquisitions (M&A) argue that M&A is an important source of innovation and growth for firms. Read More

Exploring the Effects of Construal-Level in Entrepreneurship Pitches

Working Papers

Entrepreneurial start-up ventures are a major contributor to innovation and job creation in the U.S. ¬†One critical task that entrepreneurs face is finding investors who are willing to provide the funding and resources that will allow the business to survive.Read More

Renting Capabilities from Consultants in Post-Acquisition Integration

Funded Research Proposal

This research investigates capability development at the business unit level of analysis. To do so, we consider business units that have been serially bought and sold, or “repeatedly divested” units.Read More

Business Unit Divestiture Capability: Development and Performance Impact

Funded Research Proposal

This research project investigates the role of consultants and their “rented capabilities” in the post-acquisition integration process. As a first objective, we aim to shed light on the role of intermediaries — specifically, consultants — in the growth-by-acquisition process.Read More

Acqui-Hires: Revolutionizing Strategy & Transforming Organizational Structures

MBA Research Fellowship paper

This paper explores the phenomenon of “acqui-hires”, defined as acquisitions of early-stage startups made purely to acquire talent. Acqui-hires are prevalent among Northern California’s high-technology companies, who use these to fill gaps in their strategic roadmaps. Taking the perspective of an acquirer, we examine the different ways acquirers approach acquir-hires relative to conventional acquisitions.Read More

How individuals shape the capabilities of firms: Evidence from corporate acquisitions and entrepreneurial spawning

Working Papers

Acquisitions are an attractive means of exploration (sourcing innovation and new technologies externally) as well as exploitation (capturing economic value from existing resources through economies of scale); they shape the capabilities of firms and critically impact the longevity of firms and their competitive advantage.Read More

Evolving Communication Patterns In Response to an Acquisition Event

Published Research

This study combines qualitative and quantitative methods, with particular emphasis on network data of worker behavior, to analyze changes in worker communication patterns during the first three years of a post-acquisition integration. The findings suggest that new communication routines develop slowly and are not entirely enduring even when a transformative event, such as an acquisition, occurs.Read More

Perspectives on Firm Decision Making During Risky Technology Acquisitions

Published Research

A novel survey dataset on computed tomography (CT) machine acquisition is used to explore which theories best answer two questions from the decision making literature. First, what determines how much uncertainty a firm has when investing in updated technology? Second, what determines the value of the acquisition? In answering these questions, two theoretical comparisons are conducted.Read More

Corporate Venture Capital and the Returns to Acquiring Portfolio Companies

Published Research

A prominent motive for corporate venture capital (CVC) is the identification of entrepreneurial-firm acquisition opportunities. Consistent with this view, we find that one of every five startups purchased by 61 top corporate investors from 1987 through 2003 is a venture portfolio company of its acquirer.Read More

Value Creation and Destruction: A Study of the US Medical Devices Industry

Published Research

This dissertation studies firm strategy to gain technological knowledge from external sources in dynamic industries and the performance implications of these strategies. In dynamic industries, firms need to integrate new knowledge, and build new resources and capabilities to maintain competitive advantage.Read More