Exit strategies can be performed in various forms and at different levels of analysis. At the firm level (i.e., firm exit) exiting can be seen as part of an overall strategy (Cefis & Marsili, 2012) and can be performed in various ways (Balcaen et al., 2012). While various definitions exist, (Wennberg et al., 2010; Wennberg & DeTienne, 2014) among the most common forms of firm exit we find closure of the business (e.g., Coad, 2014; Fortune & Mitchell, 2012), Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) (e.g., Cefis & Marsili, 2011; Bauer & Matzler, 2014; Cotei & Farhat, 2018), Divestures (e.g., Villalonga & McGahan, 2005), and Failure (e.g., Bennett & Snyder, 2017). Firm exit is considered here in distinction to cases of entrepreneurial exit (e.g. IPO, MBO) where the firm continues even though the entrepreneur exits. Despite the actual fragmentation of conceptualizations, approaches, and focus, a common assumption behind most of the literature is that the exit phenomenon is the result of implicit or explicit, strategic or involuntary choices. This PDW will serve as a sharing opportunity to develop additional theoretically-sound and empirically-based papers embodying both analytical rigor and practical relevance with regards to the strategic choices related to exit.
The workshop serves two purposes:
editors Elena Cefis, Alex Coad, Orietta Marsili, and Cristina Bettinelli.
To offer an academic setting for the discussion and presentation of high-quality research papers on the phenomenon of firms exit routes, even if these papers do not seek to be published in the special issue. It is expected that the inclusion in the programme of these non-SI papers will enrich the discussions of the workshop, by contributing to an updated knowledge base, providing a wider view of research in the area, and leading to interactions that benefit the development of the SI papers.
Scientific committee: Elena Cefis, Alex Coad, Orietta Marsili, and Cristina Bettinelli (guest editors of the SBEJ SI)
Local organizing committee: Cristina Bettinelli, Elena Cefis