The Paradox of Post-acquisition IS Integration Preparation: Preparing under Incomplete Information

Peter J. Wynne, Stefan Henningsson

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Resumé

In this paper, we propose the paradox of preparation as a salient dilemma facing IT organizations in firms anticipating acquisitions or acquisition activity. The paradox of preparation originates in the need to start preparations for post-acquisition IS integration long before the legal combination is concluded, and the contradictory observation that only after the deal is concluded will it be known to the acquirer what they should have prepared for. Based on an in-depth, explorative study of how a large multi-national company prepared for an anticipated and later enacted acquisition with another large multi-national company, we develop a process theory depicting how this paradoxical tension impacts IS integration preparation activities in the period leading up to the acquisition. Initially, preparations are based on assumptions about the future challenge. As assumptions are confirmed or rejected, focus of preparation activities are recurrently revised. To handle uncertainty of assumptions, the firm actively considered the scope of possibilities and the universality of activities to manage the paradox of preparation.
In this paper, we propose the paradox of preparation as a salient dilemma facing IT organizations in firms anticipating acquisitions or acquisition activity. The paradox of preparation originates in the need to start preparations for post-acquisition IS integration long before the legal combination is concluded, and the contradictory observation that only after the deal is concluded will it be known to the acquirer what they should have prepared for. Based on an in-depth, explorative study of how a large multi-national company prepared for an anticipated and later enacted acquisition with another large multi-national company, we develop a process theory depicting how this paradoxical tension impacts IS integration preparation activities in the period leading up to the acquisition. Initially, preparations are based on assumptions about the future challenge. As assumptions are confirmed or rejected, focus of preparation activities are recurrently revised. To handle uncertainty of assumptions, the firm actively considered the scope of possibilities and the universality of activities to manage the paradox of preparation.
SprogEngelsk
TitelProceedings of the 20th IEEE International Conference on Business Informatics. CBI 2018 : Volume 1 Research papers
RedaktørerHenderik A. Proper, Stefan Strecker, Christian Huemer
Antal sider10
Vol/bind1
Udgivelses stedLos Alamos
ForlagIEEE
Dato2018
Sider50-59
ISBN (Elektronisk)9781538670163
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2018
BegivenhedThe 20th Conference on Business Informatics. CBI 2018 - Vienna, Østrig
Varighed: 11 jul. 201814 jul. 2018
Konferencens nummer: 20
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Konference

KonferenceThe 20th Conference on Business Informatics. CBI 2018
Nummer20
LandØstrig
ByVienna
Periode11/07/201814/07/2018
Internetadresse
NavnIEEE Conference Series on Business Informatics
ISSN2378-1971

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Emneord

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Preparation activities
  • Information systems integration
  • Integration method

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Wynne, P. J., & Henningsson, S. (2018). The Paradox of Post-acquisition IS Integration Preparation: Preparing under Incomplete Information. I H. A. Proper, S. Strecker, & C. Huemer (red.), Proceedings of the 20th IEEE International Conference on Business Informatics. CBI 2018: Volume 1 Research papers (Bind 1, s. 50-59). Los Alamos: IEEE. IEEE Conference Series on Business Informatics, DOI: 10.1109/CBI.2018.00015
Wynne, Peter J. ; Henningsson, Stefan. / The Paradox of Post-acquisition IS Integration Preparation : Preparing under Incomplete Information. Proceedings of the 20th IEEE International Conference on Business Informatics. CBI 2018: Volume 1 Research papers. red. / Henderik A. Proper ; Stefan Strecker ; Christian Huemer. Bind 1 Los Alamos : IEEE, 2018. s. 50-59 (IEEE Conference Series on Business Informatics).
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Proceedings of the 20th IEEE International Conference on Business Informatics. CBI 2018: Volume 1 Research papers. red. / Henderik A. Proper; Stefan Strecker; Christian Huemer. Bind 1 Los Alamos : IEEE, 2018. s. 50-59.

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Wynne PJ, Henningsson S. The Paradox of Post-acquisition IS Integration Preparation: Preparing under Incomplete Information. I Proper HA, Strecker S, Huemer C, red., Proceedings of the 20th IEEE International Conference on Business Informatics. CBI 2018: Volume 1 Research papers. Bind 1. Los Alamos: IEEE. 2018. s. 50-59. (IEEE Conference Series on Business Informatics). Tilgængelig fra, DOI: 10.1109/CBI.2018.00015