Developments and challenges of measuring M&A performance on a corporate and macroeconomic levels

  • Karolis Andriuskevicius Vilnius University
  • Remigijus Ciegis Vilnius University


Research background: This study presents the results of the research which aimed to iden-tify and critically discuss existing methodologies in the merger and acquisition field. Value creation to merging and acquiring firms and national countries constitute the center of the research. This study distinguishes between specific methodologies employed to gauge M&A performance on a micro- (corporate) and macro- (economy and society) economic levels. The final section of the paper concludes with a theoretical methodological framework integrating methodologies employed to measure M&A performance on a firm level and methodologies measuring consequences and effects of M&A on the economy. The aim of the analysis described in the paper is to ascertain and evaluate theoretically existing methodologies used in empirical studies that would allow proper and critical understanding of the results of various findings in the holistic and global M&A area.
Purpose of the article: The purpose of the paper is to investigate and critically discuss the methodologies employed within the M&A performance framework with the focus on specific anticipated outcomes of the M&A deal and methodology measuring this outcome. The following objectives are being raised: (1) To identify recent developments in the M&A market and determine challenges and changes they encompass; (2) To identify and critically discuss anticipated outcomes of the M&A deal and existing methodologies measuring M&A performance on the corporate level; (3) To identify and critically discuss anticipated outcomes of the M&A deal on the economy and methodologies measuring consequences and effects of M&As on the macro- economic level; (4) To integrate methodologies measuring M&As performance on a micro- and macro- eco-nomic levels into theoretical methodological framework enabling scholars and practitioners to evaluate M&A performance from a holistic perspective.
Methods: Based on previous studies, the authors conduct a structured literature review aimed to critically discuss and evaluate developments and challenges of measuring M&A performance on corporate and macroeconomic levels. The research is carried out as a struc-tured assessment of past literature. The findings from scientific articles and studies by various scholars are being categorized, grouped and summarized to discern a meta‐analytic view of the work carried out to date. Finally, deep analysis of scientific literature, logical comparative analysis, systematization of scientific article and business cases are employed in the article.
Findings & Value added: The paper evidences developments and challenges of measuring M&A performance on corporate and macroeconomic levels.  The re-search elaborates on several key developments in M&A methodology and performance studies carried out in empirical works during the last two decades. The findings help to independently and objec-tively assess performance of M&A from a holistic perspective.


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How to Cite
Andriuskevicius, K., & Ciegis, R. (2017). Developments and challenges of measuring M&A performance on a corporate and macroeconomic levels. Oeconomia Copernicana, 8(2), 199-220. doi:10.24136/oc.v8i2.13