Identity Construction in Mergers and Acquisitions: a discursive sensemaking perspective

Eero Vaara, Janne Tienari

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This chapter conceptualizes identity construction in mergers and acquisitions (M and As) as sensemaking where discursive resources are mobilized to construct, transform, and at times destruct senses of organizational identity. M and As are offered as specific contexts where resources such as stereotypes, tropes, narratives, and antenarratives are drawn on to make sense of self (and others) in the transition from legacy organizations to new combined organizational entities. The chapter proposes a theoretical framing based on discursive sensemaking and offers examples from extant research to specify and illustrate it. As a case in point it highlights dynamics of discursive sensemaking with regard to national identity in international M and As. Finally, the chapter outlines avenues for future research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Organizational Identity
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic) 9780199689576
Publication statusPublished - 2016
MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book


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