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Integration - A polyphonic concept in cross-border acquisitions

Författare och institution:
Airi Rovio-Johansson (Gothenburg Research Institute (GRI))
Publicerad i:
The ICFAI Journal of Mergers & Acquisitions, Hyderabad, India: ICFAI University Press, 2 ( 4 ) s. 42-61
Artikel, refereegranskad vetenskaplig
Sammanfattning (abstract):
An interpretative qualitative method is used for researching and exploring the qualitative differences in meaning making of a concept in the integration processes of two Nordic across-border acquisitions. The social construction of the meaning of a concept is investigated from a socio-cultural discursive perspective. In semi-structured interviews a specific question is used to reveal the managers’ ways of making sense of the concept “integration,” in two Nordic acquisitions. The results indicate interesting differences in meaning making between Swedish and Norwegian managers and Danish managers. The analysis, depict the meanings ascribed to the concept, in different categories. The variation of managers’ experiences range from concrete actions to strategic experiences of the integration processes. On management level, these variations in meaning making of a single concept can cause serious misunderstandings, misinterpretations and different language problems in mergers and cross-border acquisitions. The study contributes first to the introduction of a new qualitative, explorative research approach aiming at describing the variation of qualitative differences in the meaning ascribed to the concept. Second, it contributes to broadening our understanding of the situated and contextualized character of talk-in-interaction in social practices. It is argued that the variation in ways of meaning making, on the one hand, is related to individual differences in competence and training among managers and, on the other hand, to corporate factors. Findings can be used as a basis for further research into discourse and communication processes from a functional language perspective in social practices for example organizational change processes, mergers and acquisitions.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
Ekonomi och näringsliv
M&A, integration, cross-border acquisition, discourse analysis, variation theory
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Posten skapad:
2007-02-02 15:19

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