Soofi addresses global mergers, national security

March 16, 2018
Dr. Abdollah Soofi

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – Dr. Abdollah Soofi, professor of economics at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, discusses cross-border mergers and acquisitions, with emphasis on China’s overseas acquisitions, and national security in the second edition of his two-volume book, “Global Mergers and Acquisitions: Combining Companies Across Borders.” The book, published last week by Business Expert Press, was co-written by Yuqin Zhang, assistant professor of public policy at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China. It is the second book Soofi has written on international business.

“With $4.7 trillion worth of mergers and acquisitions in 2017, cross-border acquisitions form an increasingly important part of international business,” said Soofi. “Moreover, the leaders of the United States and the European Union perceive that acquisitions of Western companies by Chinese enterprises pose threats to the national security.”

The first volume of the book deals with “how-to” merge or acquire another company for Master of Business Administration students, upper-level students in business administration programs, investment professionals, merger and acquisition attorneys and managers, and top executives of corporations. The second volume of the book deals with Chinese government overseas merger and acquisition policies, and includes case studies relating to Chinese companies’ acquisitions of enterprises in the United States, Europe and Australia.

In addition to the publication of the book’s second edition, Soofi is also the guest editor of a special issue of the journal Economic and Political Studies, which aims to collect a set of high-quality papers – theoretical, empirical and policy-oriented – that deal with the polices, practices and outcome of technological development strategies of central and provincial governments in China, and the central government’s ongoing industrial restructuring policies.

Soofi is also the guest editor of a special issue of the Journal of Science and Technology Policy Management, which addresses technological innovation systems in Iran. Soofi noted that due to paucity of information and research on technological development in Iran in the English language, the articles in the special issue will inform English-speaking readers about the technological development and the role of innovation systems in Iran over the past two decades.

For more information about Soofi and his work, visit www.uwplatt.edu/news/friday-features-sept-15-2017.

Written by: Laurie A. Hamer, University Relations Specialist, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191, hamerl@uwplatt.edu

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