Acquisition IT Integration: The Roles of Temporary Agency Workers

Stefan Henningsson, Christian Øhrgaard

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    Abstract

    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationECIS 2015 Proceedings
    EditorsJörg Becker, Jan vom Brocke, Marco De Marco
    Number of pages15
    Place of PublicationAtlanta, GA
    PublisherAssociation for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL)
    Publication date2015
    Article number76
    ISBN (Print)9783000502842
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    EventThe 23rd European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) 2015 - Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Münster, Germany
    Duration: 26 May 201529 May 2015
    Conference number: 23
    http://www.ecis2015.eu/

    Conference

    ConferenceThe 23rd European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) 2015
    Number23
    LocationWestfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
    CountryGermany
    CityMünster
    Period26/05/201529/05/2015
    Internet address
    SeriesProceedings of the European Conference on Information Systems
    ISSN0000-0034

    Keywords

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

    Cite this

    Henningsson, S., & Øhrgaard, C. (2015). Acquisition IT Integration: The Roles of Temporary Agency Workers. In J. Becker, J. vom Brocke, & M. De Marco (Eds.), ECIS 2015 Proceedings [76] Association for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL). Proceedings of the European Conference on Information Systems https://doi.org/10.18151/7217354