The role of thriving and training in merger success: an integrative learning perspective
ABSTRACT This empirical investigation studies the correlates and predictors of employees’ psychological outcomes during mergers and acquisitions (M&As) in the context of India. This study examined the role of different types of training initiatives (awareness training, human capital development training, and cross-cultural training) on building employees feeling of psychological empowerment and thriving. Further, second order attitudes were studied in the form of employee satisfaction and commitment. A cross-sectional research design was adopted where quantitative and qualitative data were collected to investigate the interplay between the variables. Data were collected on an adapted standardized questionnaire from the employees of a public sector organization (N=117) which had merged with a software company to deliver its IT services. Descriptive analysis, multiple correlational analysis, and stepwise regression analysis have assisted in exploring the different relationships amongst the variables. This study produces a prescriptive framework for merger success based on the model of growth and thriving (Spreitzer & Porath, 2012). Broadly, the results point towards the facilitative role of training in developing feelings of psychological empowerment, thriving, commitment and satisfaction with the merger, however qualitative data identified significant cultural undercurrents. Keywords: Mergers and acquisitions; training; thriving; psychological empowerment; satisfaction; commitment
Citation : Thakur, M., Bansal, A. and Stokes, P. (2016) The role of thriving and training in merger success: an integrative learning perspective. In: Finkelstein, S and Cooper, C. (2016) Advances in Mergers and Acquisitions, 15, Bingley, Emerald.
ISSN : 1479-361X
Research Institute : Centre for Enterprise and Innovation (CEI)
Peer Reviewed : Yes