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Do Academics Actually Collaborate in the Study of Interdisciplinary Phenomena? A Look at Half a Century of Research on Mergers and Acquisitions

Julkaisun tekijät: Nicola Mirc, Audrey Rouzies, Satu Teerikangas
Kustantaja: Wiley
Paikka: London
Julkaisuvuosi: 2017
Journal: European Management Review
Lehden akronyymi: EMR
Volyymi: 14
eISSN: 1740-4762


The role of scientific collaboration in academic research has
rocketed across the natural and social sciences. While the causes,
consequences, and social interaction patterns of scientific
collaboration have been well-established, extant empirical work focuses
on entire disciplines. In this paper, we study patterns of
interdisciplinary scientific collaboration using the example of research
on mergers and acquisitions (M&A), a phenomenon which calls for
input from numerous disciplines. We base our findings on a social
network analysis of co-authorship practices in 687 co-authored papers
written by 1,158 authors, published in 30 leading journals and a book
series in the 1951–2014 period. We find that scientific collaboration
has increased in the M&A scholarly community since the 1990s, and
that one third of co-authorships are interdisciplinary. Collaboration is
however not equally spread, but led by a minority of active scholars
and certain disciplines. Recently, sub-groups of authors have become
mutually connected, pointing towards the emergence of an
interdisciplinary meta-level community. Our findings contribute to
appreciating interdisciplinary collaboration practices in academic
research and document the evolution of M&A research.

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