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One Plus One Yields Less Than Two: Shedding Light on Mergers and Acquisitions in MNEs with a Focus on its Impact on Employee Commitment
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Mergers and Acquisitions are increasingly used as a tool to gain market share, geographical dispersion, economies of scale and access to know-how among others. However, research has stated that a large share of these endeavors are ineffective, unfruitful and doomed for failure from the get go. Research has pinpointed abominable failure rates due to focusing on the wrong objectives, disregarding employees within the process, and being too focused on value-adding criteria.To investigate the impact of employee commitment on mergers and acquisitions, gathering empirical data through interviewing senior staff in multinational enterprises with headquarters located in German-speaking countries seemed most suitable. This qualitative research design with an inductive approach to forecast employee behavior during mergers and acquisitions concluded to be quite fruitful in achieving relevant and appropriate results.The study concludes that enterprises rarely emphasize the human aspect during a merger or acquisition, while more often emphasizing measurable value-adding factors. The conducted research highlights acknowledgment by managerial staff of employee commitment, while disregarding its importance and the impact it has during such an endeavor. Nevertheless, certain criteria of relevance to ensure higher levels of employee commitment throughout a change process are as follows: Organizations need to provide transparency to avoid rumor spreading to combat rising levels of fear and uncertainty. Transition teams are necessary to safeguard change processes unknown to most employees, and in preparing and executing decisions with staff to ensure as smooth of a transition as possible. In addition, communication plays a crucial part among all three phases during mergers and acquisitions as well as integrating staff in the change process to provide a sense of organizational identity which in turn results in committed employees.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 61
Keywords [en]
Employee Commitment, Mergers, Acquisitions, Managers, MNE, Pre-Phase, Transition Phase, Post-Phase
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Economics Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-403833OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-403833DiVA, id: diva2:1392602
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Master Programme in Business and Management
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Available from: 2020-02-10 Created: 2020-02-08 Last updated: 2020-02-10Bibliographically approved

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