Thunderbird International Business Review

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Edited By: Mary B. Teagarden

Online ISSN: 1520-6874

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Cross-Border M&As: Challenges and Opportunities in Global Business Environment

Cross-border M&As are defined as M&As that involve an acquirer firm and a target firm whose headquarters are located in different home countries. They have long been a popular strategy for firms and represent an important alternative for strategic expansion. The dynamics of cross-border M&As are largely similar to those of domestic M&As. However, due to their international nature, they also involve unique challenges, as countries have different economic, institutional, and cultural structures. Firms engaging in cross-border M&As, in fact, have to face unique risks such as “liability of foreignness” and “double-layered acculturation.” Differences in national culture, customer preferences, business practices, and institutional forces—such as government regulations—can hinder firms from fully realizing their strategic objectives. Despite these difficulties, they have increased dramatically over the last two decades.

Academics and practitioners discuss the challenges and opportunities present in the tumultuous global business environment. Conceptual and empirical research on strategic, cultural, organizational, and financial aspects of cross-border M&As are of interest for the special issue. Specifically, we seek the state-of-the-art empirical and conceptual papers that allow us to identify potential areas for future research.

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Emerging markets firms venturing into advanced economies have received increasing attention from both academics and practitioners. Although existing research has examined various aspects of this important phenomenon, there is the need to unpack contextual factors and to explore how context can influence the business leader’s decision making and managerial practices amid the venturing abroad phenomenon by emerging market enterprises.

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Thunderbird International Business Review is pleased to invite submissions to a special issue which will address issues faced by Chinese multinationals investing in the U.S. market. We also invite submissions on Chinese multinationals in other countries as compared to the United States. Papers dealing with intersections between theory and practice are especially encouraged.

Chinese firms have quickly become instrumental players in the global marketplace. Outbound Chinese FDI in January 2014 was $7.23 billion, up 47.2 percent from a year earlier and expected to exceed for the first time the inbound FDI in 2014. In 2013, Chinese firms invested more than $14 billion in the United States, and are continuing to search for new markets and new ventures. In the first quarter of 2014, Chinese firms spent $1.36 billion on 26 FDI transactions in the United States. This tremendous growth has been driven by large-scale acquisitions in food, energy, and real estate.

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