Decision Support News
D. J. Power, Editor
April 28, 2019 Vol. 20, No. 09

In this issue

1) What factors influence corporate acquisition decision-making success?
2) Recent Decision Support News Headlines
3) Upcoming Decision Support Conferences/Call for Papers

1) What factors influence corporate acquisition decision-making success?

by Daniel J. Power

In 2017 in the United States, there were a record number of merger and acquisition transactions with 15,100, a 12.2% increase over 2016. In 2015, the record for total value of deals was set at $24,100 billion USD, cf., IMAA, 2019. Healthcare, high technology, finance, and consumer products and services industries have seen a large number of transactions. The size of deals in terms of transaction value has been especially high in healthcare. In the US, this current acquisition activity is part of the seventh M&A wave that started in 2014 (Cordeiro, 2014). Not all mergers and acquisitions are a success and limited research has been conducted about factors influencing success. Success of an acquisition can be challenging to measure for both internal stakeholders and for external observers. Both process and decision maker variables likely influence success. For example, use of analytics and decision support may influence success. Uncontrollable external factors like the economy also influence success.

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2) Recent Decision Support Headlines

04/26/2019 Yara and IBM join forces to transform the future of farming. Check release.

04/25/2019 OmniSci introduces Converge, the inaugural User Conference on GPU-accelerated analytics and data science, October 21-23, 2019. Check release.

3) Upcoming Decision Support Conferences

1. Conference: ICDSST 2019, May 27-29, 2019, Madiera, Portugal. Check

2. Predictive Analytics World, MEGA-PAW Las Vegas, June 16-20. The premier machine learning conference. Check

3. 30th European Conference on Operational Research, June 23-26, Dublin, Ireland. Check

4. Call For Papers: 2019 Decision Sciences Institute Annual Conference New Orleans, LA, November 23 - 25, 2019, Full Paper Deadline: May 15, 2019. Check release.

5. Call for articles Journal of Business Analytics, an official journal of the Operational Research Society. The journal serves the emerging and rapidly growing community of business analytics both in academia and industry. Check


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Power & Heavin (2018) argue "Digital disruption is accelerating. Implementing a successful digital transformation strategy requires that senior managers make trade-off decisions to reinvent a business. Equally important all decision makers must learn to ask the right questions, use data and computer support in decision making, and increase their knowledge and skills. Creating a data-centric culture and rewarding data-based decision making leads to successful digital transformation."


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