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Recasting the dynamics of post-acquisition integration: An embeddedness perspective

Rouziès, Audrey, Colman, Helene Loe and Angwin, Duncan (2019) Recasting the dynamics of post-acquisition integration: An embeddedness perspective. Long Range Planning, vol.52 (n°2). pp. 271-282.

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Identification Number : 10.1016/j.lrp.2018.03.003

Abstract

M&A scholars have generally assumed that post-acquisition integration is a self-contained process. However this ignores that this process rarely unfolds as the only ongoing initiative in an organization. We contend that post-acquisition integration is not detached from other simultaneous change processes in the organizational context and this has important implications for our understanding of how integration dynamics actually evolve. To further understand this embeddedness we examine the unfolding of a post-acquisition integration process in a company faced with an unanticipated drop in demand due to the global economic crisis. Through a qualitative, longitudinal study conducted over three years, we carried out 151 interviews to uncover the unfolding of the post-acquisition process. We find that post-acquisition integration is embedded in a set of co-evolving processes. We highlight four mechanisms (coordination, cohesion, disconnection, alienation) that arise from the co-evolution of processes that either facilitate or impede integration. Our findings contribute to our understanding of post-acquisition integration dynamics by recasting the integration process as embedded in a set of co-evolving processes that shape its unfolding.

Item Type: Article
Language: English
Date: 2019
Refereed: Yes
Place of Publication: Londres, Royaume-Uni
Subjects: C- GESTION
Divisions: TSM Research (Toulouse)
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2021 12:36
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2021 12:36
OAI Identifier: oai:tsm.fr:2709
URI: http://publications.ut-capitole.fr/id/eprint/42208

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