Acquisition IT Integration: The Roles of Temporary Agency Workers

Stefan Henningsson, Christian Øhrgaard

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    Resumé

    The IT integration of acquisitions consists an important challenge for the many acquiring organizations. Complementing existing research, this paper searches for explanation to differences in acquirers’ abilities for acquisition IT integration in the external of the acquirer, by a study of the use of temporary agency workers. Following an analytic induction approach, theoretically grounded in the re-source-based view of the firm, we identify the complimentary and supplementary roles consultants can assume in acquisition IT integration. Through case studies of three acquirers, we investigate how the acquirers appropriate the use of agency workers as part of its acquisition strategy. For the investigated acquirers, assigning roles to agency workers is contingent on balancing the needs of knowledge induction and knowledge retention, as well as experience richness and in-depth under-standing. Composition of the acquisition IT integration team should consider the balance of these, in practice, commonly mutually excluding needs.
    The IT integration of acquisitions consists an important challenge for the many acquiring organizations. Complementing existing research, this paper searches for explanation to differences in acquirers’ abilities for acquisition IT integration in the external of the acquirer, by a study of the use of temporary agency workers. Following an analytic induction approach, theoretically grounded in the re-source-based view of the firm, we identify the complimentary and supplementary roles consultants can assume in acquisition IT integration. Through case studies of three acquirers, we investigate how the acquirers appropriate the use of agency workers as part of its acquisition strategy. For the investigated acquirers, assigning roles to agency workers is contingent on balancing the needs of knowledge induction and knowledge retention, as well as experience richness and in-depth under-standing. Composition of the acquisition IT integration team should consider the balance of these, in practice, commonly mutually excluding needs.
    SprogEngelsk
    TitelECIS 2015 Proceedings
    RedaktørerJörg Becker, Jan vom Brocke, Marco De Marco
    Antal sider15
    Udgivelses stedAtlanta, GA
    ForlagAssociation for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL)
    Dato2015
    Artikelnummer76
    ISBN (Trykt)9783000502842
    DOI
    StatusUdgivet - 2015
    BegivenhedThe 23rd European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) 2015 - Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Münster, Tyskland
    Varighed: 26 maj 201529 maj 2015
    Konferencens nummer: 23
    http://www.ecis2015.eu/

    Konference

    KonferenceThe 23rd European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) 2015
    Nummer23
    LokationWestfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
    LandTyskland
    ByMünster
    Periode26/05/201529/05/2015
    Internetadresse
    NavnProceedings of the European Conference on Information Systems
    ISSN0000-0034

    Emneord

    • Acquisition
    • Merger
    • IT integration
    • Agency worker
    • Consultants

    Citer dette

    Henningsson, S., & Øhrgaard, C. (2015). Acquisition IT Integration: The Roles of Temporary Agency Workers. I J. Becker, J. vom Brocke, & M. De Marco (red.), ECIS 2015 Proceedings [76] Atlanta, GA: Association for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL). Proceedings of the European Conference on Information Systems, DOI: 10.18151/7217354
    Henningsson, Stefan ; Øhrgaard, Christian. / Acquisition IT Integration : The Roles of Temporary Agency Workers. ECIS 2015 Proceedings. red. / Jörg Becker ; Jan vom Brocke ; Marco De Marco. Atlanta, GA : Association for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL), 2015. (Proceedings of the European Conference on Information Systems).
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    ECIS 2015 Proceedings. red. / Jörg Becker; Jan vom Brocke; Marco De Marco. Atlanta, GA : Association for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL), 2015. 76.

    Publikation: Kapitel i bog/rapport/konferenceprocesKonferencebidrag i proceedingsForskningpeer review

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    Henningsson S, Øhrgaard C. Acquisition IT Integration: The Roles of Temporary Agency Workers. I Becker J, vom Brocke J, De Marco M, red., ECIS 2015 Proceedings. Atlanta, GA: Association for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL). 2015. 76. (Proceedings of the European Conference on Information Systems). Tilgængelig fra, DOI: 10.18151/7217354