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    An integrative approach to the study of employee psychology in mergers and acquisitions: systematic review, meta-analysis, case study and CART decision-trees

    Oancea, Camelia (2022) An integrative approach to the study of employee psychology in mergers and acquisitions: systematic review, meta-analysis, case study and CART decision-trees. PhD thesis, Birkbeck, University of London.

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    Abstract

    Objective: The goal of this thesis is to understand the psychological impact of a merger or an acquisition on employees, how they construe the change and psychologically adapt to it. Method: Study 1 of this thesis is a PRISMA systematic literature review on employee affect, behaviour and health outcomes in mergers and acquisitions. Study 2 is a meta-analysis on the role of group status and employee identification in employee outcomes. Study 3 is an organizational case study where I explore employee emotions, behaviours and cognition in a pre-acquisition period. Study 4 is a survey study among 108 employees experiencing a merger or an acquisition where I examine the role of cognitive and contextual factors in employee affect and behaviour. Results: Study 1 found employees experience negative affect, health problems and may engage in negative behaviours, which seem to be triggered by contextual factors, cognition and work demands and resources. Study 2 found a significant effect of group status on employees’ identification with the post-merger organization, the latter being linked with job satisfaction. Study 3 found that employees in pre-acquisition period experience feelings of abandonment, threat and adopt a cynical behaviour. Study 4 tests and proposes an integrative approach to the study of employee psychology in mergers and acquisitions. Conclusions: Study 1 and Study 2 concluded that mergers and acquisitions literature is highly disintegrated. Study 3 uncovered relevant aspects related to employee psychology in mergers and acquisitions to be tested in my cross-sectional study. Study 4 concluded that integrative approaches may better explain negative employee outcomes in mergers and acquisitions.

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    Item Type: Thesis
    Copyright Holders: The copyright of this thesis rests with the author, who asserts his/her right to be known as such according to the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988. No dealing with the thesis contrary to the copyright or moral rights of the author is permitted.
    Depositing User: Acquisitions And Metadata
    Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2022 12:04
    Last Modified: 30 Apr 2022 04:47
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/48134

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