Kavanagh, Marie and Ashkanasy, Neal M. (2004) Management approaches to merger evoked cultural change and acculturation outcomes. In: Advances in Mergers and Acquisitions. Emerald Group Publishing Limited , Oxford, United Kingdom , pp. 1-33. ISBN 0-7623-1101-0
In a study of merger-evoked cultural change in three organizations, quantitative and qualitative data were collected from individuals at all employment levels in both merger partners within each organization. Results were that most individuals perceived that the merger had impacted significantly on them personally. There was, however, a perceived lack of congruence between the organizational cultures of merging partners, resulting in culture clashes and significant changes to the organizations’ organizational cultures. More specifically, outcomes for both individuals and the subsequent acculturation following the mergers were related to the approach adopted to manage the merger process: incremental, immediate, or indifferent.
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