The complementing and facilitating nature of common ground in acquisitions – why task and human integration are still necessary in the presence of common ground

Dao, Mai Anh and Bauer, Florian and Strobl, Andreas and Matzler, Kurt and Eulerich, Marc (2016) The complementing and facilitating nature of common ground in acquisitions – why task and human integration are still necessary in the presence of common ground. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 27 (20). pp. 2505-2530. ISSN 0958-5192

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Abstract

This paper focuses on common ground as an informal coordination mechanism during post-merger integration. In particular, we investigate if shared knowledge and shared beliefs between acquirer and target trigger a self-coordination mechanism among employees and therefore can act as an alternative path to human integration in mature industries. We are arguing that a dynamic research approach capturing a period of one year from deal closing onwards is beneficial to better understand the integration autonomy dilemma and the necessary coordination mechanisms. Based on case study research, we find that common ground is a double-edged sword with benefits and weaknesses. While in a first period common ground fosters coordination and allows for efficient task integration, a sole reliance on common ground without any human integration measures and management commitment has clear disadvantages in the long run. It is observable that the commitment to change of employees disappears and organizational resistance occurs.

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Journal Article
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The International Journal of Human Resource Management
Additional Information:
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in The International Journal of Human Resource Management on 04/05/2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/09585192.2016.1173084
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125384
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Deposited On:
04 Jul 2018 15:26
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Yes
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Published
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06 May 2020 05:57