Beyond merger syndrome and cultural differences: New avenues for research on the “human side” of global mergers and acquisitions (M&As)

Riikka M. Sarala*, Pia Paulina Junni, Eero Vaara

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Abstract

This paper focuses on research on the “human side” of global mergers and acquisitions (M&As). We argue that there is a need for a more fine-grained understanding of the “human side,” which requires conceptualizing M&As as practice-oriented processes. Drawing on the practice approach, we outline avenues for further research on the “human side” of global M&As. The research directions include (1) multilayered identity dynamics, (2) emotional processes, (3) participation and change agency, (4) resistance, (5) human resource management (HRM) practices and tools, and (6) new forms of communication.
Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalJournal of World Business
Volume54
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)307-321
ISSN1090-9516
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed

Keywords

  • 512 Business and Management
  • mergers
  • acquisitions
  • M&A
  • practice
  • culture
  • human resource management (HRM)

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