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ACQUIRING “BIG” KNOWLEDGE: RAISING AWARENESS OF PITFALLS
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This report highlights the complexity of engaging in a post-acquisition integration process of a relatively large knowledge-intensive firm. Findings from a case study is analyzed in relation to previous theory, resulting in four propositions aiming at creating a foundation for further theory development, as well as increased understanding among practitioners in relation to the emphasized problem. It is argued by the authors that increased relative acquisition size of knowledge-intensive firms will: 1) increase demand for a centralized organizational structure, 2) decrease benefits of introducing a new top management, 3) decrease communicative attention towards lower levels, and 4) decrease attention towards subcultures. These factors will ultimately increase the risk for integration failure.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012.
Keyword [en]
Post-acquisition integration, knowledge-intensive firm, integration, acquisition size
National Category
Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-175932OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-175932DiVA: diva2:533543
Uppsok
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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Available from: 2012-06-15 Created: 2012-06-14 Last updated: 2012-06-15Bibliographically approved

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