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Paper info: Are Mergers Or Acquisitions Expected To Affect Customer And Supplier Relationships? An Analysis Of Decisions Taken By A Competitive Authority

Title


Are Mergers Or Acquisitions Expected To Affect Customer And Supplier Relationships? An Analysis Of Decisions Taken By A Competitive Authority

Authors


Christina Öberg
Linköping University
Sweden
Christina Öberg ,
Helén Anderson
Jönköping International Business School
Sweden
Helén Anderson and Johan Holtstrom

Place of Publication


The paper was published at the 19th IMP-conference in Lugano, Switzerland in 2003.

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Abstract


Studies concerning corporate mergers and acquisitions are mainly focused on the merging companies. Recently though, there has been an increased interest concerning connected companies, e.g. those firms having customer, supplier or other business relationships with participants in a merger or acquisition. In many countries, there is a legal prerequisite to report intended business concentration to the national competition authority for investigation. This paper investigates decisions made by a competition authority and in addition looks at studies where connected companies are mentioned by the authorities in such decisions. In very few of the investigated decisions, 2.4%, is a third party identified. Our conclusion is that customers and suppliers, if at all effected, are seen as reactive rather than active partners in a concentration. And, the concept supplier or customer relationship is not used.
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