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Mergers and Acquisitions (BUSA90270)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeBUSA90270
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Merger & acquisition activity is a mainstay of the growth characteristics of large firms. It has been a feature of business life for well over a century. Whilst there have been many merger ’waves’ over the years, this pathway to growth has constantly maintained its importance. This subject begins with an examination of the history of, and reasons for, merger and acquisition activity thereby providing a rationale for the study of the whole of the merger & acquisition process. This process extends from the decision to acquire through to the means of achieving successful post-merger integration.

The subject will concentrate on the four fundamental elements of M&A:

  • Undertaking deals for the right reasons – strategy
  • Ensuring the right price is paid – valuation
  • Finding the right information on which to make the decision – due diligence
  • Making the deal work after completion – post-merger integration

Studying these and other elements of M&A will utilise all the skills you have developed in the core subjects of your MBA.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, students should:

  • Know the reasons behind the continuing levels of M&A activity.
  • Appreciate the impact of regulatory considerations on M&A deals.
  • Understand the interactive elements that make up successful mergers and acquisitions.
  • Have a working knowledge of how to go about managing a merger or acquisition.
  • Be able to actively participate, as a member of management, in elements of an acquisition.

Last updated: 3 April 2019