The impact of leadership and change management strategy on organizational culture and individual acceptance of change during a merger

Kavanagh, Marie and Ashkanasy, Neal M. (2006) The impact of leadership and change management strategy on organizational culture and individual acceptance of change during a merger. British Journal of Management, 17 (Supp 1). S81-S103. ISSN 1045-3172

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Abstract

This article reports a longitudinal study that examined mergers between three large multi-site public-sector organizations. Both qualitative and quantitative methods of analysis are used to examine the effect of leadership and change management strategies on acceptance of cultural change by individuals. Findings indicate that in many cases the change that occurs as a result of a merger is imposed on the leaders themselves, and it is often the pace of change that inhibits the successful re-engineering of the culture. In this respect, the success or otherwise of any merger hinges on individual perceptions about the manner in which the process is handled and the direction in which the culture is moved. Communication and a transparent change process are important, as this will often determine not only how a leader will be regarded, but who will be regarded as a leader. Leaders need to be competent and trained in the process of transforming organizations to ensure that individuals within the organization accept the changes prompted by a merger.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author's version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher (Wiley-Blackwell)
Depositing User: Mrs Greta Mula
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Accounting
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2009 03:47
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:32
Uncontrolled Keywords: mergers; organizational culture; transforming organisations; individual perceptions
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150303 Corporate Governance and Stakeholder Engagement
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150312 Organisational Planning and Management
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150305 Human Resources Management
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9102 Microeconomics > 910202 Human Capital Issues
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8551.2006.00480.x
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/6362

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