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Impact on Cultural Change During Mergers and Acquisitions
A look at the evolution of organizational development in businesses.
# 106392 | 1,393 words | 21 sources | APA | 2008 | US
Published on Jul 31, 2008 in Business (Management)

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This paper deals with the issue of increasing employee productivity and views the evolution of organizational development (OD) from its earliest years to its much wider present state, ending with its ability or lack thereof to address today's specific issues. This paper conducts a systematic review of relevant literature on OD and develops a theoretical framework concerning how OD can relate to changes that occur with mergers and acquisitions and culture.

Problem Definition

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"However, if employees are dissatisfied with their work or the company itself, they will not perform to the best of their ability and knowledge product will decline. Such a situation often arises with mergers and acquisitions. Industry research finds that up to 80 percent of mergers and acquisitions fail to provide the expected shareholder return because of the impact on their people. A study conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management called "Making Mergers Work" concluded that organizations may proceed and do due diligence and analyze financial matters. However, it is instead the cultural and personnel issues that can mean the demise of a successful merger. The performance of the people is key."

Sample of Sources Used:

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