individual response to mergers and acquisitions

Susan Cartwright

in The Handbook of Mergers and Acquisitions

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199601462
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191743320 | DOI:
individual response to mergers and acquisitions

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Research into mergers and acquisitions (M&As) has been dominated by scholars of finance and strategy since its beginnings in the 1960s. In recent decades, research attention has expanded to include its human aspects, although the current literature is still comparatively small. Research evidence to date has tended to highlight that acquired employees respond negatively to M&A events and the process of integration that subsequently follows. Consequently, M&As have become associated with a range of dysfunctional emotional and behavioral outcomes, including lowered morale, job dissatisfaction, increased stress, unproductive behavior, acts of sabotage, increased labor turnover, and absenteeism. This chapter reviews the current research evidence on the impact of M&As on the individual and its implications for practice and future research.

Keywords: human aspects; merger stress; emotional outcomes; behavioural outcomes; merger integration

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Subjects: Financial Institutions and Services

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