The Acquisition Experiences of Kazoil

Dana Minbaeva, Maral Muratbekova-Touron

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    This case describes two diverging post-acquisition experiences of KazOil, an oil drilling company in Kazakhstan, in the years after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. When the company was bought by the Canadian corporation Hydrocarbons Ltd in 1996, exposed to new human resource strategies and corporate culture and management style, it seemed to adapt more successfully than in 2005, when China Petrol acquired the assets. The case opens up with Nurlan - a company’s long-time employee - reflecting on the recently introduced changes by the Chinese management, wondering how he should adapt in order to ensure employee’s motivation despite the lack of corporate spirit. The case can be taught in a broad range of university level courses, covering the spectrum from pure strategy and human resources management to cross-cultural management courses. The lecturer should use this case to sharpen awareness among students that cultural distance is not the main determinant for the success of social integration mechanisms in post-acquisition situations. On the contrary, the relationship between integration instrument and integration success is also governed by contextual factors such as the attractiveness of the acquisition target or state of development of HRM in the target country.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date2015
    Place of PublicationFrederiksberg
    PublisherCopenhagen Business School, CBS
    Number of pages10
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    SeriesCBS free case collection

    Bibliographical note

    Case - Reference no. 415-066-1


    • Human resource management (HRM)
    • Multinational corporations
    • Cross-cultural management
    • Mergers & acquisitions (M&A)
    • Social responsibility
    • Motivation
    • Strategy
    • Corporate culture
    • Change management

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