Empire Building? The drivers and implications of mega-mergers in the English housing associations sector

Nuffield - G13
Lectures Talks and Workshops, Social Sciences
Thursday 12th October 2017 (16:15-18:00)
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This event is free to attend, but numbers are limited. Please contact Helen Haris (h.m.a.harris@bham.ac.uk) to book your place.

Housing and Communities Research SeminarSpeaker: Nicky Morrison, Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge


Fundamental changes to the economic climate, government regulations and investment funding have had a profound impact on the operating environment for English housing associations, forcing them to pursue new business models in order to ensure their long-term survival.  Whilst mergers are not new for the sector, a new wave of mega-mergers has materialised, with super-sized housing associations predicted to become amongst the largest volume housing builders in the country. Scale, however, does not necessarily guarantee automatic efficiency gains or increased development output. Yet with size comes status and influence, strengthening the ability for organisations to shape their operating environment and take control of their future. Drawing on business theory, this paper examines the way in which wider policy and business drivers alongside managers’ motivations and strategic choices have culminated towards this mega-merger activity. The paper suggests that this trend is not only changing organisational forms but also transforming the future direction of the sector. 


 4.15       Introduction and welcome David Mullins

 4.20       Presentation by Nicky Morrison

 5.00       Discussant's Introduction

 5.10       Questions and Discussion

 5.45       Seminar closes

               Networking drinks in Staff House Bar