Identification Processes in Post-Acquisition Integration: The Role of Social Interactions

Rouzies, Audrey and Colman, Helene Loe (2012) Identification Processes in Post-Acquisition Integration: The Role of Social Interactions. Corporate Reputation Review, 15 (3). pp. 143-157.

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Abstract

We examine the role of social interactions between employees of two firms in a post-acquisition context on their identification with two relevant loci of identification: the pre-acquisition unit and the acquirer group. We used a mixed methods longitudinal design to understand how social interaction foster dual identification. Quantitative results show that social interactions foster identification with the pre-acquisition unit and with the acquirer. Moreover, qualitative results give a finer-grained vision of social interactions. We show that situated identification develops thanks to joint objectives, deadlines, quick wins and contribution to the whole group. This paper contributes to the literature on organizational identification specifying the effects of an understudied antecedent on two loci of identification. It also contributes to the literature on the management of the post-acquisition integration process empirically confirming that social interactions are favorable in the integration process.

Item Type: Article
Language: English
Date: 2012
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: EMPLOYEES -- Attitudes, POST-acquisition integration (Mergers), LONGITUDINAL method
Subjects: C- GESTION
C- GESTION > C3- Gestion ressources humaines
Divisions: TSM Research (Toulouse)
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 29 May 2013 09:33
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2017 15:14
URI: http://publications.ut-capitole.fr/id/eprint/13731

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