Please critique the following article:
Child, J., Pitkethly, R., & Faulkner, D. (1999). Changes in Management Practice and the Post‐Acquisition Performance Achieved by Direct Investors in the UK. British Journal of Management, 10(3), 185-198.
Identify methodology, gap and key findings.
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This is one of the most comprehensive studies I have seen on mergers and acquisitions (M&As). Child, Pitkethly and Faulkner studied the value added realized by the acquiring companies in after their acquisition strategies in 201 United Kingdom (UK) firms. Indirectly, the researchers confirmed that M&As is one of the preferred methods of companies in their expansion strategies (Child, Pitkethly, & Faulkner, 1999, p. 185). This is evidenced by the total 201 mergers and acquisitions made by United States, Japan, Germany and France-based companies of UK firms; however, this is the first time I have seen this justification - a desire of the acquiring companies to improve their bottom line - referred to as "social justification" (Child, Pitkethly, & Faulkner, 1999, p. 185). It is a bit puzzling since for-profit companies are primarily established to increase the wealth of its owners which is even referenced in the authors title - this "post-acquisition performance" is strived to be achieved as a result of the acquiring companies' goal of improving their financial ...
The solution discusses changing in management practice.