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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Key descriptors of successful change leaders in Mergers and Acquisitions
by Kautenberger, John, D.M., University of Phoenix, 2015, 160; 3736717
Abstract (Summary)

Leadership found the best form of communication and behaviors challenging and elusive during all phases of Merger and Acquisitions, (M&A). The majority of M&A resulted in lower than expected shareholder value as measured by yearly profits. A qualitative Delphi design was used to identify the key descriptors of leadership communication and behaviors witnessed that influenced motivation, morale, and productivity during mergers and acquisitions. The participants engaged by email in two rounds of behavior and communication key descriptor creation, and a telephonic interview that presented the witnessed M&A. The 25 participants were experts because of their knowledge of the PLM and software industry, knowledge of the industry’s history of mergers and acquisitions, and witnessed leadership communication and behavior during merger and acquisitions. In addition, the majority of the participants experienced multiple mergers and acquisitions under change leaders. This positioned the participants as experts that identified the successful leadership communication and behavior in a merger and acquisition. The Delphi results introduced the criticality in regard to knowledge in the art of leadership regarding adaptability to change and appropriate application of communication and behaviors during M&A. NVivo 10 a qualitative analysis tool helped produce organization, and broader meaning to the key descriptors. Once the key descriptors were categorized as leadership qualities, behaviors, and processes themes were extracted from the collected data that produced consensus in regard to best communication and behaviors, which positively influenced motivation, morale, and productivity of employees.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lopez, Mercedes
School: University of Phoenix
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 77/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Occupational psychology, Organization Theory, Organizational behavior
Keywords: Art of change leadership, Descriptors of change leadership, Employee motivation and morale, Merger and acquisition, Merger transition, Successful change leadership
Publication Number: 3736717
ISBN: 978-1-339-25634-4
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