Causes and consequences of different types of identity threat

Perceived legitimacy of decisions in M&As

Authored by: Anna A. Lupina-Wegener , Güldem Karamustafa , Susan C. Schneider

The Routledge Companion to Mergers and Acquisitions

Print publication date:  July  2015
Online publication date:  June  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415704663
eBook ISBN: 9780203761885
Adobe ISBN: 9781134497652


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Both academics and practitioners have argued that developing a shared identity is important for the success of mergers and acquisitions (M&As) (van Dick et al. 2006; Millward and Kyriakidou 2004; van Dick 2004). Thus, literature mostly focuses on development of a shared identity, which is seen to be crucial in achieving a positive outcome of M&As. However, research findings also indicate that developing a shared identity can be problematic if the identities of the merging organizations are threatened (Terry and Callan 1998).

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