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Experience of the Employment Relationship after a Merger


  • Bennie Linde

    () (Work Well Research Unit for People, Policy and Performance, School of Human Resource Sciences, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, North-West University)

  • René Schalk

    () (Department of Organization Studies, Tilburg University)


Mergers and acquisitions create many management challenges. The development of a new employment relationship is one of the problems in such a situation. This paper investigates the influence of previous employment structures and the experience of previous employment relationships on the psychological contract, job satisfaction, job insecurity, and general health of employees in the context of a merged higher education institution. Employees of two previously independent universities that merged into one university completed a questionnaire. The two former universities had a very different history with very dissimilar employment relationships and experiences among personnel. This history influenced the experience of the employment relationship after the merger.

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  • Bennie Linde & René Schalk, 2006. "Experience of the Employment Relationship after a Merger," management revue. Socio-economic Studies, Rainer Hampp Verlag, vol. 17(4), pages 484-498.
  • Handle: RePEc:rai:mamere:1861-9908_mrev_2006_04_linde

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    2. Elke Holst & Dean R. Lillard & Thomas A. DiPrete, 2001. "Proceedings of the 2000 Fourth International Conference of German Socio-Economic Panel Study Users (GSOEP 2000): Editorial Introduction," Vierteljahrshefte zur Wirtschaftsforschung / Quarterly Journal of Economic Research, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research, vol. 70(1), pages 5-6.
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    Employment Relations; Mergers and Acquisitions; Work Wellness;

    JEL classification:

    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • J53 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Labor-Management Relations; Industrial Jurisprudence
    • M10 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - General


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