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Our empirical research explores acquisitions of small entrepreneurial firms with a focus on the entrepreneurial management team (EMT) of the target firm. Utilizing the theoretical foundations of Resource Based View and Contract Theory we explore the dynamics of post acquisition performance of the target firm and the retention of the EMT. While controlling for firm size, type of purchase, ownership of target firm and industry dynamics, our results of a questionnaire survey of acquiring firms' top managers suggest that transfer or development of the implicit contract with the target firms' EMT positively affect both retention and performance.
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