Challenges and Resilience: Managers’ perceptions of firm performance following M&As

Croucher, Richard, Glaister, Keith, Rizov, Marian , Rofcanin, Yasin and Wood, Rofcanin (2019) Challenges and Resilience: Managers’ perceptions of firm performance following M&As. Applied Psychology, 68 (4). ISSN 0269-994X

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Abstract

We study M&As, resilience and performance, identifying links between managers’
perceptions of performance and resilience, using trans-national organisational-level survey
evidence (N=3613) and follow up semi-structured in-depth interviews with managers
involved in M&As and demerger. Drawing on the resilience and M&A literature, we identify
reasons why employees in acquired firms may be less resilient in coping with the resultant
changes than those of the acquirer and why this will negatively impact perceptions of
performance. We explore the causes and consequences of variations in resilience and
performance within firms that acquire others, and in those that have been demerged. As
anticipated, we find that although managers in acquired firms tended to report worse
performance than those in acquiring firms, both tended to be more positive than firms that
had not taken part in an M&A at all. We draw out implications for theory and practice.

Keywords:resilience, firm performance, management perceptions, mergers and acquisitions, behavioural organisational psychology
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N600 Human Resource Management
C Biological Sciences > C810 Applied Psychology
N Business and Administrative studies > N200 Management studies
N Business and Administrative studies > N300 Finance
N Business and Administrative studies > N100 Business studies
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:38649
Deposited On:22 Nov 2019 11:06

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