Post-Acquisition IT Integration: The Sequential Effects in Growth-by-Acquisition Programs

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 develop three propositions on the sequential effects on post-acquisition IT integration in acquisition programs. Their combined explanation is that serial acquirers must have a growth-by-acquisition strategy that includes the capability to improve IT integration capabilities, to sustain high alignment across acquisitions and to maintain a scalable IT infrastructure with a flat or decreasing cost structure. We begin the process of validating the three propositions by investigating a longitudinal case study of a growth-by-acquisition program.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 24th Australasian Conference on Information Systems : Information systems: Transforming the Future
    EditorsHepu Deng, Craig Standing
    Number of pages12
    Place of PublicationMelbourne
    PublisherRMIT University
    Publication date2013
    ISBN (Print)9780992449506
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    Event24th Australasian Conference on Information Systems. ACIS 2013 - RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
    Duration: 4 Dec 20136 Dec 2013
    Conference number: 24
    http://www.rmit.edu.au/acis2013

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    Conference24th Australasian Conference on Information Systems. ACIS 2013
    Number24
    LocationRMIT University
    CountryAustralia
    CityMelbourne
    Period04/12/201306/12/2013
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