When do acquirers invest in the R&D assets of acquired science-based firms in cross-border acquisitions? The role of technology and capabilities similarity and complementarity

Marcela Miozzo, Lori DiVito, Panos Desyllas

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Drawing on a multiple case study of acquisitions of UK biopharmaceutical firms, we develop an analytical framework that elucidates how key determinants of the knowledge base of science-based firms and their combinations through M&As interact and affect post-acquisition investment in the target’s R&D projects. We show that two factors - the complementarity/ similarity of the technology, and the complementarity/ similarity of the discovery and development capabilities of the target and acquiring firm - interact to produce different outcomes in terms of investment in the acquired firm’s R&D assets and for the local science and technology system.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)221-240
Number of pages20
JournalLong Range Planning
Issue number2
Early online date11 Sep 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2016


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