IT-based Value Creation in Serial Acquisitions

Stefan Henningsson, Philip Yetton

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    Abstract

    The extant research on post-acquisition IT integration analyzes how acquirers realize IT-based value in individual acquisitions. However, serial acquirers make 60% of acquisitions. These acquisitions are not isolated events, but are components in growth-by-acquisition programs. To explain how serial acquirers realize IT-based value, we integrate and model the findings on individual acquisitions from the extant literature, and extend that model to explain the effects of sequential acquisitions in a growth-by-acquisition strategy. This extended model, drawing on the Resource-Based Theory of strategy, comprises seven propositions that affect post-acquisition IT integration. The model proposes that successful acquisitions are contingent on the acquirer’s IT capabilities, business and IT alignment, and infrastructure scalability. We begin the process of validating this model by investigating a longitudinal case study of a growth-by-acquisition program.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 13th Annual European Academy of Management : European Academy of Management 2013
    Number of pages41
    Place of PublicationIstanbul
    PublisherEuropean Academy of Management
    Publication date2013
    ISBN (Print)9789758400355
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    EventThe 13th European Academy of Management Conference (EURAM) 2013 - Istanbul Congress Centre, Istanbul, Turkey
    Duration: 26 Jun 201329 Jun 2013
    Conference number: 13
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    ConferenceThe 13th European Academy of Management Conference (EURAM) 2013
    Number13
    LocationIstanbul Congress Centre
    CountryTurkey
    CityIstanbul
    Period26/06/201329/06/2013
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