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The group psychology of mergers & acquisitions: Lessons from the social identity approach


Ullrich, Johannes; van Dick, Rolf (2007). The group psychology of mergers & acquisitions: Lessons from the social identity approach. In: Cooper, Cary L; Finkelstein, S. Advances in Mergers & Acquisitions. Bingley: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 1-15.

Abstract

The presumed financial benefits of mergers & acquisitions (M&As) often do not materialize. At the same time, M&As are reported to create a host of negative reactions on the part of the employees involved. In recent years, these circumstances have led many scholars to use the social identity approach (SIA) in order to better understand the group psychology of M&As. This paper reviews recent M&A research inspired by the SIA and derives three general lessons that are explained in some detail: First, post-merger identification is important for M&As integration and success. Second, M&As pose a threat to organizational identification. Therefore, and third, if you have to merge – merge right.

Abstract

The presumed financial benefits of mergers & acquisitions (M&As) often do not materialize. At the same time, M&As are reported to create a host of negative reactions on the part of the employees involved. In recent years, these circumstances have led many scholars to use the social identity approach (SIA) in order to better understand the group psychology of M&As. This paper reviews recent M&A research inspired by the SIA and derives three general lessons that are explained in some detail: First, post-merger identification is important for M&As integration and success. Second, M&As pose a threat to organizational identification. Therefore, and third, if you have to merge – merge right.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Date:2007
Deposited On:15 Feb 2013 15:56
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 16:32
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISBN: 978-0-7623-1381-5
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/S1479-361X(07)06001-2

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