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Title: Trajectories and antecedents of integration in mergers and acquisitions: A comparison of two longitudinal studies
Authors: Edwards, Martin R.
Lipponen, Jukka
Edwards, Tony
Hakonen, Marko
Keywords: Employee integration
Longitudinal research
Mergers and acquisitions
Organisational identification
Organisational psychology
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: SAGE © The Author(s)
Citation: EDWARDS, M.R. ... et al, 2017. Trajectories and antecedents of integration in mergers and acquisitions: A comparison of two longitudinal studies. Human Relations, 70 (10), pp. 1258-1290.
Abstract: Despite existing research examining snapshots of employee reactions to organizational mergers and acquisitions (M & A), there is a complete absence of work theorizing or exploring rates of change in employees’ organizational identification with the merged entity. We address this gap using two three-wave longitudinal panel samples from different M & A settings, tracking change in identification through a two-year period. Theorizing trajectories of change in identification across the organizations in both settings, we make predictions linked to expected antecedents of change in identification. Our research context (M & A-1) involves a merger of three Finish universities tracking 938 employees from each organization in three waves (nine months pre-merger to 24 months post-merger). Our second context (M & A-2) involves a multinational acquisition tracking 346 employees from both the acquired and acquiring organization in three waves (from two to 26 months post-acquisition). Using Latent Growth Modelling, we confirm predicted trajectories of change in identification. Across both samples, a linear increase (across Time 1, Time 2 and Time 3) in justice and linear decrease in threat perceptions were found to significantly predict a linear increase in identification across the post-M & A period. We discuss organizational identification development trajectories and how changes in these two antecedents account for changes in identification across M & A contexts.
Description: Copyright © 2017 (The Authors). Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1177/0018726716686169
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/27627
Publisher Link: https://doi.org/10.1177/0018726716686169
ISSN: 0018-7267
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