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Entrepreneurial Acquisitions, Open Innovation and UK High Growth SMEs

Citation
Mawson S & Brown R (2017) Entrepreneurial Acquisitions, Open Innovation and UK High Growth SMEs. Industry and Innovation, 24 (4), pp. 384-402. https://doi.org/10.1080/13662716.2016.1244764

Abstract
This paper examines the dynamics of entrepreneurial acquisitions undertaken by UK high growth small and medium enterprises (SMEs). While entrepreneurial acquisitions are increasingly deployed by SMEs, little is known about their antecedents, motivational drivers and organisational outcomes. Drawing on detailed case study evidence from Scotland, the key factor found to be driving these acquisitions was the desire to augment and exploit technological complementarities between the acquiring and acquired firms. Acquisition can therefore be conceptualised as an advanced stage of the outside-in ‘open innovation' strategies proactively used within these innovative SMEs. Firms executing this strategy typically have an acute propensity for risk, a desire for close customer engagement, effective business models and strong external orientation. The work suggests that greater attention should be paid within M&A theory to the dynamics of these types of smaller scale entrepreneurial acquisitions.

Keywords
Entrepreneurship; High Growth Firms; Acquisition; Open innovation; M&As; UK

Journal
Industry and Innovation: Volume 24, Issue 4

StatusPublished
Author(s)Mawson, Suzanne; Brown, Ross
Publication date31/12/2017
Publication date online16/10/2016
Date accepted by journal30/09/2016
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/24345
PublisherTaylor and Francis
ISSN1366-2716
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