The worldwide corporate buzzword is “innovation.” Firms looking to drive their creative capacities can pursue organic avenues, or alternatively, consider mergers and acquisitions to spur productivity. But the M&A path to innovation may not be the panacea that business leaders anticipate. Economists Giulio Federico, Gregor Langus and Tommaso Valletti employ various models to determine the overall efficacy of corporate combinations on innovation. getAbstract suggests this technically rigorous report to economists, analysts and policy experts.
In this summary, you will learn
- How merger activity affects innovation in firms and industries,
- Why mergers do not always lead to greater innovative capability, and
- What impact mergers have on consumers.
About the Authors
Giulio Federico and Gregor Langus are economists at the European Commission in Brussels. Tommaso Valletti is an economics professor at Imperial College Business School, London.