Managing the IT Integration of Acquisitions by Multi-Business Organizations

Stefan Henningsson, Philip Yetton

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    Acquisitions are standard components of the growth strategies of many organizations. Frequently, acquisitions raise important questions concerning how and to what extent the acquisition’s information technology (IT) needs to be integrated into the IT of the acquirer. We investigate how the initial conditions of business and IT alignment in the acquirer and the acquisition affect the complexity of the post-acquisition IT integration process, in acquisitions of business units by multi-business organizations. Adopting an IT alignment model for multi-business organizations, we explain the complexity of IT integration paths in two acquisitions made by the industry group Trelleborg AB. We identify four initial business and IT strategic alignment conditions where the IT integration process is a simple one-step process exploiting existing business and IT capabilities. Low compliance with these conditions leads to increased complexity because additional business and/or IT capabilities have to be developed to leverage the full potential of the acquisition.
    Acquisitions are standard components of the growth strategies of many organizations. Frequently, acquisitions raise important questions concerning how and to what extent the acquisition’s information technology (IT) needs to be integrated into the IT of the acquirer. We investigate how the initial conditions of business and IT alignment in the acquirer and the acquisition affect the complexity of the post-acquisition IT integration process, in acquisitions of business units by multi-business organizations. Adopting an IT alignment model for multi-business organizations, we explain the complexity of IT integration paths in two acquisitions made by the industry group Trelleborg AB. We identify four initial business and IT strategic alignment conditions where the IT integration process is a simple one-step process exploiting existing business and IT capabilities. Low compliance with these conditions leads to increased complexity because additional business and/or IT capabilities have to be developed to leverage the full potential of the acquisition.
    SprogEngelsk
    TitelProceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems : ICIS 2011
    RedaktørerDennis F. Galletta, Ting-Peng Liang
    Antal sider18
    Udgivelses stedAtlanta, GA
    ForlagAssociation for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL)
    Dato2011
    KapitelPaper 7
    ISBN (Trykt)9780615559070
    StatusUdgivet - 2011
    BegivenhedThe 32nd International Conference on Information Systems. ICIS 2011 - Shanghai, Kina
    Varighed: 4 dec. 20117 dec. 2011
    Konferencens nummer: 32
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    KonferenceThe 32nd International Conference on Information Systems. ICIS 2011
    Nummer32
    LandKina
    By Shanghai
    Periode04/12/201107/12/2011
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    Henningsson, S., & Yetton, P. (2011). Managing the IT Integration of Acquisitions by Multi-Business Organizations. I D. F. Galletta, & T-P. Liang (red.), Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems: ICIS 2011 Atlanta, GA: Association for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL).
    Henningsson, Stefan ; Yetton, Philip. / Managing the IT Integration of Acquisitions by Multi-Business Organizations. Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems: ICIS 2011. red. / Dennis F. Galletta ; Ting-Peng Liang. Atlanta, GA : Association for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL), 2011.
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    Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems: ICIS 2011. red. / Dennis F. Galletta; Ting-Peng Liang. Atlanta, GA : Association for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL), 2011.

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

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    Henningsson S, Yetton P. Managing the IT Integration of Acquisitions by Multi-Business Organizations. I Galletta DF, Liang T-P, red., Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems: ICIS 2011. Atlanta, GA: Association for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL). 2011.