Examining Resource and Expectational Ambiguity in Technology M&A Integration

Annette L. Ranft, Adelaide Wilcox King and Jennifer C. Sexton

in The Handbook of Mergers and Acquisitions

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199601462
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191743320 | DOI:
Examining Resource and Expectational Ambiguity in Technology M&A Integration

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This chapter focuses on the acquisition integration process of technology-intensive firms. Building on the resource-based perspective and on literature examining the acquisition process, it argues that the pace of post-acquisition integration in acquisitions of technology firms is, in part, driven by ambiguity. It suggests that resource ambiguity and expectational ambiguity in high-tech acquisitions pace integration efforts by generating momentum in systematic ways that have important implications for acquisition integration and performance.

Keywords: acquisition integration; technology firms; resource ambiguity; expectational ambiguity; pacing of integration

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Subjects: Financial Institutions and Services

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