Productivity and spillover effect of merger and acquisitions in malaysia

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Purpose – This paper aims to examine the productivity and spillover effect of Malaysian horizontal merger and acquisition (M&A) activities in the long run. Design/methodology/approach – In terms of analytical tools, economic value added (EVA) and data envelopment analysis (DEA) are used. Findings – The results of this study reveal that M&As in the absence of antitrust laws could be driven by managerial self-interest to create market power instead of realizing synergistic gains. Also, in Malaysia, the non-merging rival firms have significantly higher productivity improvement than the control bidder firms, and therefore, this study has identified the spillover effect as a behavior of M&A reaction. Originality/value – This paper differs from previous studies in that it attempts not only to examine the real long-term gains of horizontalM&Aactivities in Malaysia but also the spillover effects ofM&A activities on similar but non-merging firms.




Aik, N. C., Hassan, M. K., Hassan, T., & Mohamed, S. (2015). Productivity and spillover effect of merger and acquisitions in malaysia. Management Research Review, 38(3), 320–344.

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