Call for Papers

Mergers and Acquisitions, Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Deadline: December 24, 2015

Expected Publication: August 2016

Guest Editors:

Yaakov Weber

Director, Research Unit

School of Business Administration

College of Management, Israel


President, EMRBI

EuroMed Research Business Institute



Shlomo Tarba

Head of Department of Strategy & International Business
Birmingham Business School 

The University of Birmingham



One of the main reasons for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) is to gain access
to technological assets in domestic and foreign markets (Weber, Tarba and
Oberg, 2014). In the current dynamic landscape of rapid technological
changes established companies pursue M&A to renew their resources, technical
capabilities and products, spur innovation, penetrate international markets,
and thus, change the rules of competition and achieve strategic renewal
(e.g., Gomes, Angwin, Weber, and Tarba, 2013; Gomes, Weber, Brown, and
Tarba, 2011; Graebner and Eisenhardt, 2004; Almor, Tarba, and Margalit,
2014; Santos and Eisenhardt, 2009). For example, large established firms
like Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Intel, Lucent, and Cisco acquired young,
entrepreneurial technology-based firms. For example, entrepreneurial firm
with venture capital funding produce more inventions per investments than
large firms in the related industries (Kortum & Lerner, 2000). However,
mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in general and international M&A in
particular are inherently risky and may fail to provide the expected value
and performance (Weber and Tarba, 2011; 2013; 2014). In many cases, the
acquirer attempt to combine capabilities in commercialization, distribution,
logistic and manufacturing with the innovation capabilities of
entrepreneurial firms. Yet, in technological M&A, buyers often discover that
integration process can destroy the innovative capabilities that made the
entrepreneurial firm attractive in the first place (Puranam, Singh & Zollo,
2006; Weber and Tarba, 2012).


This volume of Technology, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Competitive
Strategy is devoted to research aimed at understanding success and failure
factors of mergers and acquisitions of entrepreneurial firms. Research
topics might include but are not limited to studies that offer insights into
the relationships of various factors to performance, in all stage of M&A
such as planning, negotiation and post-merger integration (Weber, 2012).
Studies with multidisciplinary approach and cross cultural approach are also


We welcome contributions that tackle these and related issues from a variety
of theoretical and empirical perspectives. Contributions may take a range of
forms, may focus on different levels of analysis, and may employ both
quantitative and qualitative approaches. 



Submission Guidelines

All papers submitted must represent original research not previously
published elsewhere. Depending on the scope that you wish to present, the
chapter should be approximately 20-40 double-spaced pages including any
illustrations, figures, tables and graphs. References to other publications
must be in APA 6th Edition reference style.


All copyedited submissions will be subject to in-depth review, and editorial
decisions and revision requests will be communicated to authors.




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Professor Yaakov Weber

1.       Director, Research Unit

            School of Business Administration

            College of Management, Israel

2.       President, EMRBI

            EuroMed Research Business Institute




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