Cultural changes during the integration process of acquisitions: A comparative study between German and German-Korean acquisitions

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Abstract

This study examines culture and the effects of cultural change during the integration process of cross-cultural acquisitions as perceived by the employees of the acquired companies. The sample consists of Korean employees of two international (German-Korean) acquisitions and German employees of domestic (German-German) acquisitions. Results of this study show that not only national cultural differences, but also cultural integration approaches by the acquirer, play a major role in cultural change after the acquisition. Further managerial implications are addressed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)591-604
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Intercultural Relations
Volume31
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Sep

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business and International Management
  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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