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Jul 20, 2020

How media coverage of corporate social responsibility and irresponsibility influences cross-border acquisitions

Abstract

This study contributes to the growing strategic corporate social responsibility (CSR) literature by examining the intersection of acquisition studies and international expansion research and highlighting the unexplored impact of media coverage of CSR and corporate social irresponsibility (CSI) inshaping completion and duration outcomes of cross-border acquisitions. A quantitative analysis of 4,087 cross-border acquisition announcements by firms from Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa (1990–2011) shows that while media coverage of CSR is not important, media coverage of CSI is associated with lower likelihood of and longer duration till acquisition completion. By theoretically and empirically distinguishing media coverage of CSR from CSI, this paper pushes the existing literature to acknowledge these distinct concepts and their varying effects. In sum, managers should beware media coverage of CSI when acquiring abroad.


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