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  • 2006 Blackwell Publishers Ltd. All rights reserved. The volume and magnitude of mergers and acquisitions continue to grow on a global basis (Hitt, Harrison, and Ireland, 2001). Although the decade of the 1980s, produced 55.000 merger and acquisition transactions at a total value of $1.3 trillion, known as "merger mania." the 1990s produced more than twice that number, at a value of approximately $11 trillion. One observer suggested that the merger wave of the 1980s was a tidal wave during the 1990s, becoming CEOs' favorite growth strategy in the process (Sirower, 1998b).

author list (cited authors)

  • Hitt, M. A., Ireland, R. D., & Harrison, J. S.

citation count

  • 69

complete list of authors

  • Hitt, Michael A||Ireland, R Duane||Harrison, Jeffrey S

Book Title

  • The Blackwell Handbook of Strategic Management

publication date

  • June 2005