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Variability and Synchronization of M&A and Alliance Behavior: An Entrainment View

Shi, Weilei (Stone) (2008) Variability and Synchronization of M&A and Alliance Behavior: An Entrainment View. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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We extend the M&A and alliances literature to include a temporal perspective focusing on when and under what conditions firms should accelerate or slow down their M&A and alliance initiatives. Using a social entrainment model, we explore the relationship between the temporal properties of variability, synchronization and firm performance. We test our model in the context of the U.S specialty pharmaceutical industry. We find a curvilinear relationship between the overall variability of strategic actions and performance. Establishing internal synchronization increases performance while external synchronization of variability with competitors reveals a more complex picture. Our study further opens the window for understanding the creation of competitive advantage by managing rhythm-type strategic actions against time.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Shi, Weilei (Stone),
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairPrescott, John E.prescott@katz.pitt.eduPRESCOTT
Committee MemberDess, Gregory
Committee MemberHulland,
Committee MemberMadhavan, Ravindranathrmadhavan@katz.pitt.eduRAM115
Committee MemberCohen, Susan K.suecohen@katz.pitt.eduSUECOHEN
Committee MemberLane, Suzannesl@pitt.eduSL
Date: 29 September 2008
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 24 April 2008
Approval Date: 29 September 2008
Submission Date: 26 June 2008
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business > Business Administration
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Alliance; Entrainment; Specialty Pharmaceutical industry; Synchronization; Temporal; M&A; Variability
Other ID:, etd-06262008-143038
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:48
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:45


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