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IS/IT integration in mergers & acquisitions: a framework for a systematic approach

Lange, T.C.B de (2015) IS/IT integration in mergers & acquisitions: a framework for a systematic approach.

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Abstract:This research focused on the issue of IS/IT integration within M&As. Because IS/IT has such an important role within organizations nowadays, integration of IS/IT is considered to be crucial in M&As. After a first exploration of existing literature regarding the topic we found that this literature did not provide us with a method for a systematic approach towards an IS/IT integration strategy. Therefore, the main objective of this research became to combine and reuse existing knowledge about IS/IT integration in M&As, such that the issue could be approached in a systematic manner. The research started with an exhaustive and systematic literature review to identify important topics and concepts that play a role within IS/IT integration. Based on this literature review we formed a framework which should help organizations in systematically analysing the current situation and working towards a solution. In the second part of this research the framework was applied to two manufacturing companies. For this specific case we found the framework to be very useful and therefore believe that the framework is a good first attempt towards a more systematic approach. It is however clear that the framework requires further testing to make solid conclusions about its added value.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:54 computer science, 85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Information Technology MSc (60025)
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