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Chapter 15: Mergers, Acquisitions and Wellbeing in Organizational Life: The Critical Role of Human Resources

Mergers, Acquisitions and Wellbeing in Organizational Life: The Critical Role of Human Resources

Mergers, acquisitions and wellbeing in organizational life: the critical role of human resources
Teresa A. Daniel

Introduction

When companies pay close attention to the people aspects of a merger or an acquisition, they greatly increase the chances that the deal will fulfill its promise. That's why, in the final analysis, HR can make or break an M and A. (Giffin and Schmidt, 2002: 9)

Mergers and acquisitions (herein referred to as ‘M and A’, ‘combinations’, ‘deals’, or ‘transactions’) are tools companies use to improve organizational performance and increase competitive advantage by maximizing synergy and efficiencies. They are often described as creating a situation wherein ‘2 + 2 = 5’ ...

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