Please critique this article by identifying methodology, gap and key findings.
Dikova, D., Sahib, P. R., & van Witteloostuijn, A. (2009). Cross-border acquisition abandonment and completion: The effect of institutional differences and organizational learning in the international business service industry, 1981-2001. Journal of International Business Studies, 41(2), 223-245.
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The researchers, Dikova, Sahib and van Witteloostuijn, set out to investigate a very specific period in the mergers and acquisitions (M&As) process specifically for cross-border acquisitions. In effect the researchers studied the impact of the acquiring and acquired companies' nationalities on the "likelihood that a cross-border acquisition deal will be completed, as well as the time taken for its completion after announcement" (Dikova, Sahib & van Witteloostuijn, 2010, p. 223).
Specifically, the authors tested their hypothesis on M&As in the international business service industry with about 2,389 cross-border acquisitions deals included in the study.
I agree with the authors as regards their claim that "pre-merger activities" (Dikova, Sahib & van Witteloostuijn, 2010, p. 223) significantly impact the success of the M&A. The researchers justified their focus on these pre-merger activities with the accompanying costs levied on the company which violates any of the covenants ...
The cross-border acquisition and abandonment are examined. The institutional differences and organizational learning in the international business service industry are discussed.