Improving Acquisition Outcomes with Contextual Ambidexterity

Olimpia Meglio, David R. King, Annette Risberg

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    The results of research on mergers and acquisitions often point to a need to improve acquisition outcomes and lessen the organizational turmoil that can often follow integration efforts. We assert that viewing acquisition integration through the lens of contextual ambidexterity may improve acquisition outcomes in two ways: by providing an integrated solution to the economic and social tensions in acquisitions, and by enabling managers to effectively confront the competing needs of task and human integration. We also posit that by building on contextual ambidexterity, we can extend the possibilities for both research and practice regarding task and human integration in acquisitions. We also emphasize the role of an integration manager and integration mechanisms in enabling contextual ambidexterity for successful acquisition integration. Finally, we identify implications for research and practice.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalHuman Resource Management
    Issue numberSupplement
    Pages (from-to)29-43
    Number of pages15
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015


    • Acquisitions
    • Acquisition integration
    • Contextual ambidexterity
    • Integration manager
    • Integration mechanisms
    • Task and human integration

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