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The emotions of top managers and key persons in cross-border M & As: Evidence from a longitudinal case study

Hassett, ME and Reynolds, N and Sandberg, B (2018) 'The emotions of top managers and key persons in cross-border M & As: Evidence from a longitudinal case study.' International Business Review. ISSN 0969-5931

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Abstract

Building on prior research on emotions in M&A, this paper analyses the post-M&A emotions of top managers and key persons from the acquired company by examining what triggers emotions during the post-acquisition integration stage, and what the consequences of those emotions are. This study applies cognitive appraisal and affective event theories with empirical evidence based on a longitudinal, single case study of an Indian–Finnish acquisition. The main findings imply that M&As are very emotional for top managers and key persons. Our findings reveal that they experience a wide range of positive and negative emotions triggered by individual and company-level triggers. Interestingly various triggers can have different and opposite appraisal outcomes in the short and long-term. In addition, top managers and key persons are often restricted in the range of behavioural outcomes caused by emotions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: emotions, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, post-M&A integration, top managers, cognitive appraisal theory, affective event theory
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD58.7 Organizational behavior, change and effectiveness. Corporate culture
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2017 20:13
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2019 01:00
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/20878

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