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Corporate Acquisitions and Mergers TABLE OF CONTENTS

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1  INTRODUCTION ................................. 1

Statement of the Problem .................. 1

Statement of Purpose ...................... 3

Definitions of Terms ...................... 4

Limitations ............................... 4

2  REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE ..................... 6 Antitrust Considerations ..................... 6

Financial Implications of Diversification .... 12

3  METHODOLOGY .................................. 18

Research Methods ............................. 18

Analysis of Data ............................. 19

4  RESULTS ...................................... 20

BIBLIOGRAPHY ............................................. 21

Corporate acquisitions, mergers, and consolidations constitute a contentious issue in the contemporary American economy.1 During the decade of the 1980s, this type of activity assumed historically high levels of activity.2 The questions raised by the outcomes of many of the acquisitions, mergers, and consolidations deal with a wide scope of concerns, which range from macroeconomic effects to micro effects on shareholders and employees. The proposed research study will investigate some aspects of the corporate acquisition, merger, and consolidation activity in the American economy during the 1980s.

Earlier episodes of corporate acquisition, merger, and consolidation activity in the United States were primarily motivated by corporate diversification strategies, in which the principal goal of any eveutual merger or consolidation was

1G. Houseman, "The Merger Game Starts With Deception," Challenge (SeptemberOctober 1986): 44.

2P. F. Drucker, "The Problem of Corporate Takeovers: What Is to Be Done?" The Public Interest (Winter 1986): 17.

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