Using mergers and acquisitions to prepare for disruption

Johanna Kirjavainen, Saku J. Mäkinen, Ulla A. Saari, Kimmo Risikko

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Industry incumbents often encounter significant troubles in the face of disruptive innovations. These types of innovations erode the existing capabilities and resources of the firm, forcing them to seek out new capabilities outside their own organization in order to remain competitive and survive. Exploitation and exploration, organizational learning strategies utilized to develop incremental and radical innovations, respectively, are considered common drivers for mergers and acquisitions (MA) among firms. MA's enable the firm to obtain new capabilities and competencies in order to respond to the threat of substitution of their current ones by disruptive innovations and new entrants employing them. According to the research, firms' operative actions are more strongly linked to preparing for disruption than strategic ones in the motives for acquisitions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2021 IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Conference - Europe, TEMSCON-EUR 2021
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781665440912
ISBN (Print)9781665431149
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
EventIEEE Technology and Engineering Management Conference - Virtual, Online, Croatia
Duration: 17 May 202120 May 2021


ConferenceIEEE Technology and Engineering Management Conference
CityVirtual, Online


  • Acquisitions
  • Disruption
  • Exploitation
  • Exploration
  • Mergers

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Strategy and Management
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality


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