Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Best practices in integrating acquisitions
by Dickinson, Suzanne, M.S., Pepperdine University, 2013, 98; 1541784
Abstract (Summary)

This study examined six people-integration best practices during mergers and acquisitions (M&As): cultural due diligence, cultural integration, integration planning, integration managers and teams, communication practices, and leadership support. Interviews were conducted with 12 individuals who played key roles in M&As. The study findings supported the use of all the best practices with the exception of cultural due diligence and integration managers. Recommendations of this study are to perform cultural exploration, implement the best practices validated by the study, and hold leaders accountable for supporting the M&A effort. Recommendations for research include examining the impact of external factors on M&A success and improving measures of the people impact on M&A success. This study concludes that organization development practitioners must lead the charge in executing M&As with consideration of the human impact. Practitioners can be aided in this effort by familiarizing themselves with the M&A best practices validated in this study.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Mangiofico, Gary
Commitee: McDermott, Michael T.
School: Pepperdine University
Department: Organizational Development
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Management, Organizational behavior
Keywords: Corporate culture, Cultural integration, Mergers and acquisitions, Organization change, Organization development
Publication Number: 1541784
ISBN: 978-1-303-24995-2
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