7Human Resource Management in the Context of Mergers and Acquisitions

Fang Lee Cooke


Since the mid-1980s, mergers and acquisitions (M&As) have been a popular strategy for organizations to survive, expand and gain competitive advantage in an increasingly complex business environment. However, M&As often fail to achieve the anticipated organizational outcome, not because of financial or strategic reasons but because of the poor management of people-related issues (e.g. Schuler and Jackson 2001; Waring 2005; Stahl et al. 2013). This chapter examines a number of specific human resource management (HRM) problems and challenges encountered in domestic and cross-border M&As. It draws on empirical examples of extant studies on M&As in different ...

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