Focusing on the bright tomorrow ? : A longitudinal study of organizational identification and projected continuity in a corporate merger

Lupina-Wegener, Anna (Haute école d’ingénierie et de gestion du canton de Vaud, HES-SO // Haute Ecole Spécialisée de Suisse Occidentale) ; Drzensky, Frank (Department of Psychology and Sports Sciences and Center for Leadership and Behavior in Organizations (CLBO), Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany) ; Ullrich, Johannes (Department of Psychology, University of Zurich, Switzerland) ; van Dick, Rolf (Department of Psychology and Sports Sciences and Center for Leadership and Behavior in Organizations (CLBO), Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany)

Past research provides evidence that organizational identification is a key factor predicting employees’ behaviours during mergers and acquisitions. In particular, recent studies demonstrate that members of the subordinate merger partner, in contrast to the dominant group, often find it difficult to transfer their identification to the post-merger organization. To understand this difference between dominant and subordinate groups, we examined employees’ sense of projected continuity in the future. We argue that projected continuity mediates the differential relationships between pre-merger and post-merger identification and propose that pre-merger identification relates positively to projected continuity in thedominant group but negativelyin the subordinate group. As a result, the overall relationship between pre- and post-merger identification should be reduced or eliminated in the subordinate compared with the dominant group. We tested our hypotheses in a survey ( N = 492) distributed in a merger of two international pharmaceutical companies at the beginning of the post-merger integrationand 15 months later. Results were consistent with our assumptions of a moderated mediation effect. We conclude that a key challenge in merger integration is to support high identifiers in the subordinate group in developing a projected continuity or a focus on ‘the bright tomorrow’.


Article Type:
scientifique
Faculty:
Economie et Services
School:
HEIG-VD
Institute:
Institut Interdisciplinaire du Développement de l’Entreprise
Subject(s):
Economie/gestion
Date:
2014
Published in:
British journal of social psychology
Numeration (vol. no.):
décembre 2014, no 53, pp. 752 à 772
DOI:
ISSN:
0144-6665
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