Dr. Ahmad Arslan is currently working as an Associate Professor at Department of Marketing, Management and International Business, Oulu Business School, University of Oulu, Finland. Previously, he has worked in academia in other universities in UK and Finland as a Senior Lecturer, Assistant Professor and Researcher. His areas of research interests include Cross-Border Mergers & Acquisitions, Emerging Economies, Foreign Market Entry Strategies, Internationalization of SMEs, Multinational Enterprises’ (MNEs) Strategies and Organizational Agility & Resilience. His earlier research has been published in prestigious academic journals like British Journal of Management, International Business Review, International Marketing Review, Scandinavian Journal of Management, Journal of Strategic Marketing, Journal for East European Management Studies, and Journal of Global Marketing, among others. Moreover, he has also contributed book chapters to several edited handbooks addressing different international business and management related topics. Finally, he is editorial board member of three academic journals (Journal of Knowledge Management, Journal of East-West Business and International Journal of Export Marketing), and reviews papers on regular basis for a number of prestigious journals in fields of management, marketing and international business. Read more
Prof. Dr. Florian Bauer
Florian investigates organizational transformation processes, especially non-organic growth strategies such as Mergers and Acquisitions, from a strategic, organizational, and procedural perspective. Prior to Lancaster, he was a professor for strategic management at Innsbruck University, lecturer at MCI Management Center Innsbruck, and managing director of the SMA Research Lab. Read more
Anke Dassler currently works as an Executive in the Finance resort at Evonik Industries AG, a global specialty chemistry company. In her role, she globally advises business segments regarding impacts of business transactions in the Group’s financial statements. Before joining Evonik, she was a Partner at KPMG Germany, financial auditing and advising Banks and FinTechs. Besides her strong background in Finance and Accounting, she focusses on organizational development strategies and is a PhD candidate at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands. The author presents her own views. Read more
Yves-Martin Felker is a Ph.D. candidate in Management at Lancaster University. Prior to his research career, he was responsible for the coordination of strategic partnerships between companies and the University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern in Germany.
His research interests cover the performance of merger and acquisitions — the impact of management capabilities on firm performance and the micro-foundations of capabilities.
He is a member of the Academy of Management and the Strategic Management Society and presented his research findings at the Strategic Management Conference in 2019.
Dr. Dennis Froneberg
Dr. Dennis Froneberg is the Head of M&A Europe and has been additionally appointed as Head of Sales for the DACH region in December 2017. Read more
Dr. Philipp Giessen
Dr. Philipp Giessen is the Head of Private Equity and M&A at Marsh Germany Read more
Ms Hornberg is owner and director of Advance Human Capital, one of the leading German Executive Search, founded in 2002.
Her focus is on identifying the most capable and well-suited C-level managers for the Financial Services Industry. Over the years Digitalisation and New Technologies have become her additional expertise. She is also serial entrepreneur and Business Angel, author,and frequent participant in panel discussions about Germany’s Industry 4.0. Read more
Christian is a PhD Student at the University of Innsbruck and Visiting Researcher at Lancaster University Management School (LUMS). He has experience in quantitative research and financial planning and analysis in an international corporation. In his research Christian studies innovation-driven M&A transactions with a focus on knowledge transfer, sources of ambiguity, acquisition integration, and family firms. In 2018 he was awarded with the Best Paper Award in the M&A track of the European Academy of Management Conference for his systematic literature review on M&A and innovation. Read more
Associate Professor Dr. Olimpia Meglio
Olimpia Meglio received a Ph.D in Business Administration from University of Naples “Federico II”. She is currently associate professor of strategic management at the University of Sannio (Italy). Read more
Dr. Karl Michael Popp
Dr. Karl Michael Popp is Senior Director M&A in the Global Business Development and Ecosystem Team in the Office of the CEO of SAP SE. In this area, he works on inorganic growth projects of SAP SE, such as due diligence and merger integration of technology companies as well as strategic partnerships. In his career, he has completed more than 30 acquisitions and corresponding merger integrations worldwide and worked with over 50 companies on partnerships.
He is the author of several books and a speaker on software due diligence, post merger integration, digitization of M&A processes as well as business models and platform business models in the software industry.
Dr. Popp is a long-standing member of the German M&A Association (Bundesverband M&A) as well as a former board member of the Gesellschaft für Post Merger Integration (now part of the Bundesverband M&A) and works in the program committee of the European Workshop on Merger Integration and of the Think Tank Denkfabrik Wirtschaft. He studied economics and received his doctorate in information systems from the University of Bamberg. Read more
Shlomo Y. Tarba is currently working as a Professor (Chair) in Strategy & International Business at the Department of Strategy & International Business, Business School, University of Birmingham, UK, and a Visiting Professor of Strategy in Recanati Business School, Tel-Aviv University, Israel. He received his PhD in Strategic Management from Ben-Gurion University and Master's in Biotechnology degree at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. His research interests include mergers and acquisitions, strategic agility, organizational ambidexterity and innovation. Dr. Tarba is a member of the editorial boards of Journal of Management Studies, Journal of World Business, British Journal of Management, and Long Range Planning. He has served as a guest-editor for the special issues at California Management Review (University of California, Berkeley), Journal of World Business, International Business Review, and Management International Review. His research papers are published/forthcoming in journals such as Journal of Management (SAGE), Journal of World Business, Management International Review, International Business Review, Academy of Management Perspectives, California Management Review, Journal of Organizational Behavior (US, Wiley), Human Relations, British Journal of Management, and others. His paper has been selected and published in Best Paper Proceedings of the Academy of Management (USA) in 2006. His consulting experience includes biotechnological and telecom companies, as well as industry association such as The Israeli Rubber and Plastic Industry Association, and The US – Israel Chamber of Commerce. Read more
Associate Dean for International Graduate Programmes at Grenoble EM. Read more
Assistant Professor Dr. Borislav Uzelac
Assistant Professor Borislav Uzelac, PhD
M&A research needs to account for the human side of integration and the role that emotions play in it.
My research draws on and expends knowledge about the impact of personality traits and decision-making styles on various organizational goals. Insights from neurology, cognitive and social psychology form the basis for my investigations of business-related decision making. Read more