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Identity Versus Culture in Mergers of Equals

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  • Zaheer, Srilata
  • Schomaker, Margaret
  • Genc, Mehmet
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    We suggest that organizational identity -- 'who we are' -- may be as influential as culture -- 'how we do things' -- in affecting the integration process, especially in mergers of equals. We also suggest that the framing of a merger as one of 'equals' is itself likely to reinforce existing organizational identities by setting up an expectation of strict equality in all aspects of the merger.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal European Management Journal.

    Volume (Year): 21 (2003)
    Issue (Month): 2 (April)
    Pages: 185-191

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:eurman:v:21:y:2003:i:2:p:185-191

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    Keywords: Identity Culture Integration Mergers of equals;

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    Cited by:
    1. Larsen, Michael Holm, 2006. "Value Creation through ICT Integration in Merger & Acquisition Processes," Working Papers 2005-8, Copenhagen Business School, Department of Informatics.
    2. Ravishankar, M.N. & Pan, Shan L., 2008. "The influence of organizational identification on organizational knowledge management (KM)," Omega, Elsevier, vol. 36(2), pages 221-234, April.

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