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Post-merger identification as a function of pre-merger identification, relative representation, and pre-merger status
Article first published online: 7 SEP 2006
Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
European Journal of Social Psychology
Volume 37, Issue 2, pages 380–389, March/April 2007
How to Cite
Boen, F., Vanbeselaere, N., Brebels, L., Huybens, W. and Millet, K. (2007), Post-merger identification as a function of pre-merger identification, relative representation, and pre-merger status. Eur. J. Soc. Psychol., 37: 380–389. doi: 10.1002/ejsp.367
- Issue published online: 17 FEB 2007
- Article first published online: 7 SEP 2006
- Manuscript Accepted: 17 APR 2006
- Manuscript Received: 12 JUL 2005
- Fund for Scientific Research—Flanders. Grant Number: 1.5.011.04
This experiment examined the impact of pre-merger identification (low, high), pre-merger group status (low, high) and relative representation (low, high) upon identification with a new merger group. In the first phase of the study, 156 university students were assigned to a pre-merger team of ‘inductive’ thinkers. Pre-merger identification was manipulated by giving the participants feedback about the extent to which they used the inductionist style. Pre-merger status was manipulated by informing participants that their team had performed worse or better than a deductionist team on a decision-making task. In the second phase, the two pre-merger teams were combined into a merger team of analyst thinkers. Relative representation was manipulated by maintaining most or none of the features of the pre-merger team in this new merger team. The results revealed that high pre-merger identifiers identified more strongly with the merger group than did low pre-merger identifiers, but only when the relative representation was high. Pre-merger status did not influence post-merger identification. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.