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Career Dis-Integration and Re-Integration in Mergers and Acquisitions: Managing Competence and Motivational Intangibles
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Business School, Management & Organisation.
2001 (English)In: European Management Journal, ISSN 0263-2373, E-ISSN 1873-5681, Vol. 19, no 6, p. 609-618Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are increasingly prevalent, powerful and risky corporate events. The resistance or support of people in the integration of two previously separate organizations plays a key role for their success or failure. In this paper we present a Career Concept approach to better understand and manage sources and incentives for individual contributions and reactions to M&A. As ‘merged’ corporations integrate previously separate organizations, they can often dis-integrate individual careers with lay-offs, reduced advancement opportunities, upset or changed career plans, and other resistance-generating changes. This is the poorest means of mobilizing motivation, experience, commitment and competence, all of which are usually seen as critical justifications for M&A in the first place. Organizations face opportunity to select new combinations and integrate work in ways that individual careers can be re-integrated into the goals of the M&A with the goals and motivations of participants affected by it, by recognizing and effectively supporting different motivational and competence profiles.

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2001. Vol. 19, no 6, p. 609-618
Keywords [en]
Mergers & acquisitions, Career concepts, Motivation, Job security, Advancement opportunities, Career planning, Voluntary exit, Organizational drains, Co-competence combinations, Co-motivational integration
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Business Administration
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-56732DOI: 10.1016/S0263-2373(01)00086-XOAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-56732DiVA, id: diva2:412801
Available from: 2011-04-26 Created: 2011-04-26 Last updated: 2017-12-11Bibliographically approved

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