Building IT Resources for Post-Acquisition IS Integration in Novice Acquirers

Peter J. Wynne

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Despite much attention and research, mergers and acquisitions generally fail to deliver their anticipated value. One of the main causes of failure is ineffective post-acquisition IS integration. Research into this problem, has largely over looked the challenges novice acquirers face when developing their post-acquisition IS integration capability. This paper addresses this research gap by analyzing a novice acquirer's preparation through a two-and-a-half-year case study informed by 81 in-depth interviews. Applying the resource-based theory of acquisitions, the study identifies five components consisting of 28 resources the novice acquirer developed and applied during the successful IS integration of an acquired company.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPACIS 2018 Proceedings
EditorsMotonari Tanabu, Dai Senoo
Number of pages14
Place of PublicationAtlanta, GA
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL)
Publication date2018
Article number260
ISBN (Electronic)9784902590838
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventThe 22nd Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems. PACIS 2018 - Yokohama Royal Park Hotel, Yokohama, Japan
Duration: 26 Jun 201830 Jun 2018
Conference number: 22


ConferenceThe 22nd Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems. PACIS 2018
LocationYokohama Royal Park Hotel
SponsorAssociation for Information Systems
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  • IT resources
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Novice acquirer

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