How communication approaches impact mergers and acquisitions outcomes

Angwin, Duncan and Mellahi, Kamel and Gomes, Emanuel and Peter, Emmanuel (2016) How communication approaches impact mergers and acquisitions outcomes. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 27 (20). pp. 2370-2397. ISSN 0958-5192

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Communication is generally viewed as a critical component in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) performance, yet surprisingly little research has examined the link between different communication approaches and M&A outcomes. This paper provides a systematic empirical study to evaluate the link between communication approaches and M&As outcome. Specifically, a typology is created to examine interaction between the process and content of communication and M&A outcomes, in terms of employee commitment to merged organization strategy and M&A survival. Using data drawn from a single clearly defined M&A wave in the Nigerian banking sector, different communication practices are related to M&A outcomes. The findings are the first to show the effects of communications practices in African M&A and answer the calls for extending M&A research beyond western developed countries. They confirm the importance of communication practices in M&A, extend earlier findings on the importance of post-acquisition integration communication in US and European contexts and show the importance of communicating throughout the whole M&A process.

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