An integrative perspective on mergers and acquisitions: social identity, acculturation, organizational supports, rewards, and organizational commitment

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This study took place in a recently merged Turkish bank. Two hundred and thirty seven employees from both Ankara and İstanbul participated in the study, which was designed as a cross sectional survey. The results indicated that the model proposing the mediating effect of post-merger organizational identification together with perceived attractiveness of the merger partner on the relationship between merger-induced changes in organizational benefits and commitment to post-merger organization was supported. The results also indicated that members of the acquiring bank had more favourable attitudes in terms of identification and commitment to the post-merger organization and perceive the changes in organizational benefits more favorably after controlling for the total tenure. Members of the acquired bank, on the other hand, were found to be more identified with their pre-merger organization. The results further revealed that those employees perceiving mode of acculturation as integration exhibited the most favourable post-merger attitudes whereas separation produced the least favourable outcomes. Moreover, participants generally interpreted deculturation as conceptually closer to integration. Hence, those employees who perceived the acculturation mode as deculturation produced responses similar to those of integration. Lastly, assimilation brought about less favourable outcomes than anticipated. The major contributions of this thesis are (1) integrating social identity and acculturation literatures and applying them to an M&A context, (2) comparing two competing conceptual models in the literature, and (3) testing hypotheses in real life setting.


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Citation Formats
R. I. Yavuz, “An integrative perspective on mergers and acquisitions: social identity, acculturation, organizational supports, rewards, and organizational commitment,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2005.