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How employees make sense of and respond to post-acquisition integration events: Do different foci of identification matter?
University of Cologne, Germany.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8304-5321
Toulouse School of Management, France.
2016 (English)In: Manageable Cooperation?: 16th Annual conference of the European Academy of Management, Brussels: European Academy of Management , 2016Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Previous research often conceptualized sensemaking in changing organizations as a process homogenous over the affected employees (Ashforth et al., 2014; Balogun and Johnson, 2005). Building on Lockett et al.s’ (2014) perspective on sensemaking as a process affected by context, we discuss and show that this might be an over-simplification. In a mixed-method study of two post-acquisition integration processes, we examine how identification affects employee’s intention to leave the acquired firm after the change event and how sensemaking accounts differ between persons affected by the change, contingent upon an employee’s identification. Building on social identity theory, we establish configurations of organizational and professional identification and professional occupation membership that lead to high and low intention to remain with the changing organization. We then compare sensemaking accounts between these paths. We argue that an employee’s identification with organization and occupation affects his or her sensemaking as well as his or her following behavior when an organization experiences a substantial change event. This paper extends our understanding of sensemaking during change events and contributes to opening the black box linking micro-level contingencies to behavioral outcomes in post-acquisition integration processes.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Brussels: European Academy of Management , 2016.
Keyword [en]
Identification, sensemaking, M&A
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-35542OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-35542DiVA: diva2:1096181
Conference
EURAM Conference 2016, Paris, 1-4 June, 2016.
Available from: 2017-05-17 Created: 2017-05-17 Last updated: 2017-05-17Bibliographically approved

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