These data were collected by the first author in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master of Arts degree at the University of Maryland, College Park. The authors thank David Schoorman and Irv Goldstein for their ideas and comments during the thesis process. We also thank David C. Meder, Verlin Hinsz, Judith Komaki, Katherine Klein, Elizabeth Berney, Andrew Baum, and two anonymous reviewers for their comments on an earlier version of this article.
Expectations for Postcombination Organizational Life: A Study of Responses to Merger and Acquisition Scenarios1
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Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 21, Issue 3, pages 233–252, February 1991
How to Cite
Rentsch, J. R. and Schneider, B. (1991), Expectations for Postcombination Organizational Life: A Study of Responses to Merger and Acquisition Scenarios. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 21: 233–252. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.1991.tb02725.x
- Issue online: 31 JUL 2006
- Version of Record online: 31 JUL 2006
A scenario experiment was conducted to investigate expectations for postmerger/acquisition (combination) life. Relative size of participants' organization (i.e., being in an organization of smaller, equal or larger size), and the motive for combining (growth or survival) were predicted to influence postcombination expectations regarding personal autonomy, the use of power, postcombination sense of organizational morale/identity, feelings of job security, and career opportunities. After reading scenarios of organizational combinations in which relative organizational size and motive were manipulated, 252 MBA students responded to questionnaires designed to assess their postcombination expectations. Results indicated that size and motive had significant effects on expectations. In brief (a) the most positive postcombination expectations were from persons in larger organizations when the motive for combining was growth and (b) the least positive postcombination expectations were from persons from smaller organizations when survival was the motive for combining.