A Framework for Understanding Post-Merger Information Systems Integration

Maria Alaranta, Karlheinz Kautz

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This paper develops a theoretical framework for the integration of information systems (IS) after a merger or an acquisition. The framework integrates three perspectives: a structuralist, an individualist, and an interactive process perspective to analyze and understand such integrations. The framework is applied to a longitudinal case study of a manufacturing company that grew through an acquisition. The management decided to integrate the production control IS via tailoring a new system that blends together features of existing IS. The application of the framework in the case study confirms several known impediments to IS integrations. It also identifies a number of new inhibitors, as well as known and new facilitators that can bring post-merger IS integration to a success. Our findings provide relevant insights to researching and managing post-merger IS integrations. They emphasize that researchers and managers of post-merger IS integration should pay particular attention to the IS and organizational merger contexts; the need to build relationships and collaboration between the merging parties; power struggles; and, perhaps most importantly, understanding and treating post-merger IS integration as a complex, messy, and evolutionary process.
TidsskriftJ I T T A
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)5-30
StatusUdgivet - 2012


  • Mergers & acquisitions (M&A)
  • Post-merger information systems (IS) integration,
  • Post-acquisition integration
  • Case study