Individual values and organizational culture during a merger: immovable objects or shifting sands?

Kavanagh, Marie H. and Ashkanasy, Neal M. (2012) Individual values and organizational culture during a merger: immovable objects or shifting sands? In: Handbook of research on mergers and acquisitions. Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, Cheltenham, United Kingdom, pp. 203-229. ISBN 9781848449565


In this chapter, we discuss empirical findings of a longitudinal, multi-level quantitative study of three large tertiary education organizations during a merger. Our findings illustrate the importance of understanding the values of individuals who comprise each organization, the culture of the organizations involved, and how these variables interact during a merger process. We focus in particular on the extent and direction of change to individual values and organizational culture during the acculturation process that occurs post-merger, and especially the impact on individuals when they perceive dissonance between their personal values and the direction of changes they perceive in post-merger organizational culture. Four methods of acculturation are investigated with results indicating that the method of acculturation which occurred between merging parties depended on the approach taken to manage the merger i.e. immediate, incremental, indifferent – with consequent outcomes for both individual values and organizational cultures.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2013 06:40
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2017 05:13
Uncontrolled Keywords: organizational culture; individual values; acculturation; change management
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170107 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150310 Organisation and Management Theory
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Identification Number or DOI: 10.4337/9781848449565.00016

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