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Multiple shared identities in cross-border M&As: conceptual framework

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Contribution to book (peer-reviewed)
Author Lupina-WegenerAnna, van DickRolf,
Project Identity construction in organizations nested in larger structures: a multiple case study of Sino-European M&As
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Contribution to book (peer-reviewed)

Book Mergers and Acquisitions in Practice
Editor , Sarala Riikka ; , Cooper Cary; , Ahammad Mohammed; , Tarba Shlomo
Publisher Routledge, New York
Page(s) 183 - 198
ISBN 1317659562
Title of proceedings Mergers and Acquisitions in Practice

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The recent academic literature reveals that constructing a shared identity is crucial to the success of mergers and acquisitions (Lupina-Wegener, Schneider, & van Dick, 2011; Marks & Mirvis, 2011) as in line with the social identity theory (Tajfel & Turner, 1986). While past research focused on shared identity construction in mergers and acquisitions (M&As) between freestanding organizations, cross-border deals remain underexplored. In cross-border M&As, one organization becomes nested in a new, larger organizational and cultural context. In such conditions, shared identity might need to account for both internal and external foci. indeed, a longitudinal qualitative case study conducted by Lupina-Wegener, Schneider & van Dick (forthcoming) reveal that in subsidiary M&As, a shared identity needs to incorporate and unite the post-merger subsidiary on the national, regional and global levels c.f. optimal shared identity. Thus, it might not be enough to operationalize shared identity on the level of the post-merger organization only, as a shared identity may draw its characteristics on only from pre-merger identities, but also from local environments (MNC, industry or competition). Building on institutional theory, we argue that a post-merger organization might also draw identity’s characteristics from universal environments (nation, geographic clusters). In this chapter, we advance existing knowledge on M&As by integrating two complementary theoretical perspectives to identity construction: social identity and institutional theories.