Rush Slowly: Multi-Speed Post-Acquisition Integration Approach and How it Impacts Strategic Renewal

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We conducted a longitudinal single-case study of post-acquisition integration. We identify an underexamined integration approach that we call the “multi-speed integration approach,” which involves integrating some organizational practices rapidly and others more slowly, even within the same work unit. We specify the mechanisms through which a multi-speed integration approach was used as a means to achieve the conflicting demands for both short-term performance and long-term strategic renewal. A multi-speed integration approach generated emotional and identity ambivalence, which contributed to an oscillating strategic renewal process. The effects of the multi-speed integration approach were shaped by the companies’ members’ past integration experience, which functioned as a concrete counterfactual that helped them to appraise the ongoing integration more positively
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAcademy of Management Annual Meeting
PublisherAcademy of Management (AOM)
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2019
MoE publication typeNot Eligible
EventAcademy of Management Annual Meeting: Understanding the Inclusive Organization - Boston, United States
Duration: 9 Aug 201913 Aug 2019
Conference number: 79

Publication series

NameAcademy of Management Proceedings
ISSN (Electronic)2151-6561


ConferenceAcademy of Management Annual Meeting
Abbreviated titleAOM
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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