Developing Acquisition IS Integration Capabilities: The Learning Processes of Novice Acquirers

Peter J. Wynne

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An under researched, yet critical challenge of Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A), is what to do with the two organisations’ information systems (IS) post-acquisition. Commonly referred to as acquisition IS integration, existing theory suggests that to integrate the information systems successfully, an acquiring company must leverage two high level capabilities: diagnosis and integration execution. Through a case study, this paper identifies how a novice acquirer develops these capabilities in anticipation of an acquisition by examining its use of learning processes. The study finds the novice acquirer applies trial and error, experimental, and vicarious learning processes, while actively avoiding improvisational learning. The results of the study contribute to the acquisition IS integration literature specifically by exploring it from a new perspective: the learning processes used by novice acquirers. Furthermore, the findings contribute several important implications for practice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 27th Australasian Conference on Information Systems
Number of pages11
Place of PublicationWollongong
PublisherUniversity of Wollongong
Publication date2016
ISBN (Print)9781741282672
ISBN (Electronic)9781741282672
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventAustralasian Conference on Information Systems. ACIS 2016 - University of Wollongong Faculty of Business, Wollongong, Australia
Duration: 5 Dec 20167 Dec 2016
Conference number: 27


ConferenceAustralasian Conference on Information Systems. ACIS 2016
LocationUniversity of Wollongong Faculty of Business
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  • Acquisition IS integration
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Learning processes
  • Novice acquirer

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