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The Small Worlds of Corporate Governance$
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Bruce Kogut

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780262017275

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262017275.001.0001

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Governance Networks, Small Worlds, and Acquisitions in Germany and the United States, 2000–2005

Governance Networks, Small Worlds, and Acquisitions in Germany and the United States, 2000–2005

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(p.203) 7 Governance Networks, Small Worlds, and Acquisitions in Germany and the United States, 2000–2005
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The Small Worlds of Corporate Governance
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Gerald F. Davis

Gordon Walker

Bruce Kogut

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262017275.003.0170

This chapter examines the changes in governance networks, small-world characteristics, and corporate acquisitions in Germany and the U.S. during the period from 2000 to 2005. It analyzes how the properties of the governance networks influence firms’ propensity to make acquisitions and evaluates the effect of the ownership networks on every announced acquisition by the largest several hundred firms in each economy. The findings reveal commonalities in the influence of network properties and in acquisition behavior even across otherwise seemingly divergent national systems of governance.

Keywords:   governance networks, corporate acquisitions, Germany, U.S., small-world characteristics, ownership networks

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