Foreign acquisition and internal organization, Nov 2017, GEE


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We study the effect of foreign takeovers on firm organization. Using a comprehensive data set of Portuguese firms
and workers spanning two decades, we find that foreign acquisitions lead to: (1) an expansion in the scale of
operations; (2) a higher number of hierarchical layers; and (3) higher wage inequality between the top and bottom
layers. These results accord with a theory of knowledge-based hierarchies in which foreign takeovers lead to
improved productivity, higher demand, or reduced internal communication costs, and thereby induce the acquired
firms to reorganize. Evidence from auxiliary survey data reveals that acquired firms are more likely to use information
technologies that reduce internal communication costs.

Original title:  Foreign acquisition and internal organization