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Middle managers and the M&A process : multiple case studies

Sleeking, E.L.R. (2022) Middle managers and the M&A process : multiple case studies.

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Abstract:Many studies parrot each other about the high M&A failure rates. Notwithstanding, few studies explain the actual factors that determine whether an M&A was a failure or a success. Success is often explained from a financial perspective or a strategic aspect. But success may be perceived differently on the work floor. The focus is on middle managers as they are the connecting layer within the organisations. It is key to understand their experience to determine their perspective on success, their contribution to the M&A process, and the support that they received and was provided by several organisational levels. The aim is to improve M&A performance and the M&A process in the future by looking at the perspectives and input from the work floor. the research aims to understand the experience of the middle managers to determine their perspective on the success of the M&A process and their contribution to the M&A process. Through multiple case studies with semi-structured interviews, it was found that the M&A process is perceived successful by middle managers if it is recognised as a harmonious process. Middle managers’ contribution to M&A success is related to communication.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:05 communication studies, 85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
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