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Sociocultural integration in mergers and acquisitions: Unresolved paradoxes and directions for future research

Stahl, GK and Angwin, DN and Very, P and Gomes, E and Weber, Y and Tarba, SY and Noorderhaven, N and Benyamini, H and Bouckenooghe, D and Chreim, S and Durand, M and Hassett, ME and Kokk, G and Mendenhall, ME and Mirc, N and Miska, C and Park, KM and Reynolds, NS and Rouzies, A and Sarala, RM and Seloti, SL and Søndergaard, M and Yildiz, HE (2013) 'Sociocultural integration in mergers and acquisitions: Unresolved paradoxes and directions for future research.' Thunderbird International Business Review, 55 (4). 333 - 356. ISSN 1096-4762

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Despite decades of research, the key factors for success in mergers and acquisitions (M&As) and the reasons why M&As often fail remain poorly understood. While attempts to explain M&A success and failure have traditionally focused on strategic and financial factors, an emergent field of inquiry has been directed at the sociocultural and human resources issues involved in the integration of acquired or merging firms. This research has sought to explain M&A performance and underperformance in terms of the impact that variables such as cultural fit, management style similarity, the pattern of dominance between merging firms, the acquirer's degree of cultural tolerance, and the social climate surrounding a takeover have on the postmerger integration process. In this article, we attempt to take stock of, and synthesize, the findings from research on sociocultural and human resources integration in M&A, to identify conflicting perspectives and unresolved questions as well as several underresearched areas, and then use our analyses to propose an agenda for the next stage of research in this field. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
Depositing User: Clare Chatfield
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2013 09:30
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2019 16:18

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