“Towards Collaborative Behavioral Intentions in M&A Integration”
by Professor Dr. Niels Noorderhaven
Tilburg School of Economics and Management – Department of Management
Theoretical insights into factors influencing the success of large-scale organizational change are scarce. We explore such change in the context of post-acquisition integration, where success hinges on realizing synergies while maintaining positive attitudes and behaviors of employees. We conduct an in-depth inductive study of the integration of an acquired firm to develop theory pertaining to the question how task integration management and human integration management lead to intergroup interaction processes that either engender or impede the development of organizational members’ collaborative behavioral intentions. Our study advances the M&A literature by revealing the crucial role of intergroup interaction processes. More generally, our study articulates the roles played by task-oriented and human-oriented interventions in large-scale organizational change.