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Can firms learn by observing? Evidence from cross-border M&As, Journal of Corporate Finance (April) (2014). Hasan, Iftekhar; Francis, Bill B.; Sun, Xian; Waisman, Maya

Category A Peer-reviewed scientific articles
Sub-category A1 Journal article (refereed), original research
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All authors as text Hasan, Iftekhar; Francis, Bill B.; Sun, Xian; Waisman, Maya 
Number of authors
Status Published
Year of publication 2014 
Date 15.04.2014 
Name of article Can firms learn by observing? Evidence from cross-border M&As 
Name of journal Journal of Corporate Finance
Volume of issue 25 
Number of issue (April) 
Pages 202–215 
Abstract In the presence of high uncertainty and limited experience, can observing the actions of other acquiring predecessors help firms make better acquisition decisions? Using a sample of cross-border M&As conducted by US acquirers in developing countries, we document a positive and significant relationship between an acquirer's performance and its predecessors' acquisition activity. This relationship is especially pronounced in the prevalence of news events about the outcome of predecessors' acquisitions, when predecessors consist of US peers from the same industry and/or when targets are based in culturally distant countries. Our findings shed light on one channel through which information spillovers across industries and acquiring firms could be a key driver of value creation in developing market cross-border M&As.
Free text descriptor in English Learning; Observing; Cross-border M&As; Performance 
JEL-codes D23; D83; G14; G32; G34 
ISSN / e-ISSN 0929-1199 
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Additional information Available online 11 December 2013.
Notes BoF DP 17/2014 

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