Title: Multiple language use in international mergers and acquisitions

Authors: Malcolm Chapman, Jeremy Clegg, Hanna Gajewska-De Mattos

Addresses: Centre for International Business University of Leeds (CIBUL), Leeds University Business School (LUBS), Maurice Keyworth Building, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK. ' Centre for International Business University of Leeds (CIBUL), Leeds University Business School (LUBS), Maurice Keyworth Building, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK. ' Centre for International Business University of Leeds (CIBUL), Leeds University Business School (LUBS), Maurice Keyworth Building, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK

Abstract: This paper emphasises the importance of language issues in international business by drawing from the literature of social anthropology and sociolinguistics. Language is discussed from a perspective of its use in international mergers and acquisitions and other forms of international business. The paper examines the real linguistic issues faced by international business practitioners in the many different ways in which they organise their activities.

Keywords: international mergers; international acquisitions; language use; multilingualism; nationalism; M & A; mergers and acquisitions; social anthropology; sociolinguistics; international business; linguistic issues.

DOI: 10.1504/EJIM.2010.031279

European Journal of International Management, 2010 Vol.4 No.1/2, pp.120 - 134

Published online: 27 Jan 2010 *

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