Managing Risks: Post-Merger Integration of Information Systems

Maria Eliisa Alaranta, Lars Mathiassen

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    Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) require organizations to blend together different information system (IS) configurations. Unfortunately, less than 50 percent of M&A's achieve their goals, with IS integration being a major problem. Here, the authors offer a framework to help managers prepare for, analyze, and mitigate risks during post-merger IS integration. They identify key risks relating to IS integration content, process, and context, and present five strategies for mitigating those risks. Their framework aims to help managers proactively reduce the impact of adverse events. Adopting the framework supported by their templates is straightforward and the time and resources required are minimal. When properly executed, adoption increases the likelihood of successful merger outcomes; the framework is thus a valuable addition to the management tool box and can be applied in collaboration with key stakeholders at the start of - and at several points throughout - a post-merger IS integration.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalI T Professional
    Issue number1
    Pages (from-to)30-40
    Publication statusPublished - 2014


    • Corporate acquisitions
    • Data integration
    • Management information systems
    • Risk analysis

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