The integration journey: An attention-based view of the merger and acquisition integration process

Jisun Yu, Rhonda M. Engleman, Andrew H Van de Ven

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Abstract

This paper reports findings from an eight-year ethnographic study of the integration process in a large healthcare system formed in a 1994 merger. We examine the post-merger integration process by analyzing the relative amounts of time that senior managers in one unit of this organization spent discussing various integration topics and issues in their bi-weekly meetings from 1995 to 2002. We also describe the different patterns observed when managers addressed topics in their meetings related to internal unit integration versus integration with other parts of the organization. Finally, we identify a vicious cycle of repeated conflicts in how organizational members made sense of issues that emerged during the post-merger integration journey.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1501-1528
Number of pages28
JournalOrganization Studies
Volume26
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - 2005

Keywords

  • Integration process
  • Managerial attention
  • Mergers and acquisitions

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