Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

Teaching schedule

Academic year: 
2020/2021
Belonging course: 
Course of Master's Degree Programme on MARKETING AND INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT
Disciplinary sector: 
MANAGEMENT (SECS-P/08)
Language: 
Italian
Credits: 
6
Year of study: 
2
Teachers: 
Cycle: 
Second semester
Hours of front activity: 
48

Language

Italian and english

Course description

This course introduces students to the relevance and importance of international Mergers and Acquisitions as a way to gain a competitive advantage into the global market. According to the aim, it will provide the students with useful conceptual tools to manage firms’ M&A in a best way.
Learning outcomes
The objectives for this course are:
• To help students to develop a deeper understanding of Merger Wawes.
• To provide students an understanding of what makes M&A critical in achieving a competitive advantage.
• To underscore the importance of basics in effectively approaching and addressing the complex nature of international strategies.
• To recognize what are the key ingredients of M&A and apply them to different industry.
• To learn a variety of concepts and frameworks concerning organizational conflict management, the choice of a business partner, and some sub-processes of integration.
• To provide access to tools that students can use in their future careers for effectively designing, managing, and evolving M&A.

Prerequisites

International Management

Syllabus

International M&A
This course introduces students to the relevance and importance of international Mergers and Acquisitions as a way to gain a competitive advantage into the global market.

Readings
Caiazza R., 2011, Cross-border M&A: Determinanti e fattori critici di successo, Giappichelli Editore, Torino

Donald DePamphilis, 2019, Mergers, Acquisitions, and Other Restructuring Activities
An Integrated Approach to Process, Tools, Cases, and Solutions - 9th Edition
Part I, II, III
Chapter 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

This course teaches students an understanding of various definition and examples of cross-border M&A from existing international management literature and from a set of example cases that illustrate international strategies in many different industries. This course also explores drivers of M&A through a series of cases of companies involved in international strategies. Among the topics covered are:
• What cross-border M&A are, why companies use them.
• The role of M&A in business competition and in different industrial settings.
• The design of M&A, including the choice of partner and of structure.
• How M&A are designed and managed over their lifetime.

In general, the classes will be organized as following:
I block (18th hours):
Challenges and issues related to the acquisition of the competitive advantage through international M&A.
II block (10th hours):
Theoretical background on Cross-border M&A.
III block (20th hours)::
Success and Failure of firms’ M&A. Reasons of failure and their impact. Managing M&A to gain business success. Overcoming obstacles to pursue competitive advantage.

Teaching Methods

Conceptual understanding is developed through:
Lectures by instructor. Readings from books and articles on the theory and practice of M&A. Students will be required to familiarize themselves with the breadth of readings on cross-border M&A.
Class discussions to help students practice and evaluate their effectiveness at strategic problem solving and decision making in a setting that approximates the management teams typically charged with such tasks.
Team case analysis intended to give you the opportunity to apply your learning from this course to relevant and interesting contexts.

Textbooks

Caiazza R., 2011, Cross-border M&A: Determinanti e fattori critici di successo, Giappichelli Editore, Torino.

Donald DePamphilis, 2019, Mergers, Acquisitions, and Other Restructuring Activities
An Integrated Approach to Process, Tools, Cases, and Solutions - 9th Edition
Part I, II, III
Chapter 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Required readings will consist of articles and elsewhere. Further Information on case packet will be given in the first class.

Learning assessment

Assessment is by class participation and discussion, project work and a final test.
Class participation and discussion. Informed and engaged participation is an essential part of this course and is expected from everyone. Students will be required to participate in lively class discussions that will be personally challenging.
Team case analysis. Students will be requested to distribute in groups. The team is expected to arealize a project work based on quantitative and/or qualitative analysis. The outcome of the team analysis is a report (Word document) and a Powerpoint presentation.
Final test. The final exam will cover all the readings used throughout the course. It will include conceptual issues covered during the course.

More information