Beyond merger syndrome and cultural differences: New avenues for research on the “human side” of global mergers and acquisitions (M & As)

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  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • EMLYON Business School
  • Lancaster University
  • BI Norwegian Business School


This paper focuses on research on the “human side” of global mergers and acquisitions (M&As). We argue that there is a need for a more fine-grained understanding of the “human side,” which requires conceptualizing M&As as practice-oriented processes. Drawing on the practice approach, we outline avenues for further research on the “human side” of global M&As. The research directions include (1) multilayered identity dynamics, (2) emotional processes, (3) participation and change agency, (4) resistance, (5) human resource management (HRM) practices and tools, and (6) new forms of communication.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-321
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of World Business
Issue number4
Early online date19 Oct 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Research areas

  • Mergers, Acquisitions, M&A, Practice, Culture, Human resource management (HRM)

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