Managerial Redeployment in Acquisitions

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Acquisitions are an important means through with firms can reconfigure and redeployment its resources. Among the resources being redeployed, human capital and managerial resources take a primary role. Providing a more comprehensive model of (human) resource reconfiguration post-acquisition, we investigate different mechanisms through which managers are redeployed and externally sourced—transfer, promotion and hiring—and discuss their relative advantages in relation to the ‘coordination-autonomy dilemma’ in acquisitions. We hypothesize (and find) that (1) redeployment of managers is preferred over the external resource acquisition. (2) The redeployment strategy adopted by the firm is conditional to (1) complexity of the acquisition, and (3) the quality of the acquisition target. Specifically, target managers are more likely to be redeployed by: i) transfer from the acquirer when the acquisition is complex ii) promotion within the target when the quality of the acquisition target is high.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Eighty-first Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management
EditorsSonia Taneja
Number of pages1
Place of PublicationBriarcliff Manor, NY
PublisherAcademy of Management
Publication date2021
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2021: Bringing the Manager Back in Management - Online, Virtual, Online
Duration: 29 Jul 20214 Aug 2021
Conference number: 81


ConferenceThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2021
CityVirtual, Online
Internet address
SeriesAcademy of Management Proceedings

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