Managing the IT integration of acquisitions by multi-business organizations


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Managing the IT integration of acquisitions by multi-business organizations

Show simple item record Henningsson, Stefan Yetton, Philip 2012-01-05 2013-01-22T12:17:09Z 2013-01-22T12:17:09Z 2013-01-22
dc.description.abstract Acquisitions are standard components of the growth strategies of many organizations. Frequently, acquisitions raise important questions concerning how and to what extent the acquisition’s information technology (IT) needs to be integrated into the IT of the acquirer. We investigate how the initial conditions of business and IT alignment in the acquirer and the acquisition affect the complexity of the post-acquisition IT integration process, in acquisitions of business units by multi-business organizations. Adopting an IT alignment model for multi-business organizations, we explain the complexity of IT integration paths in two acquisitions made by the industry group Trelleborg AB. We identify four initial business and IT strategic alignment conditions where the IT integration process is a simple one-step process exploiting existing business and IT capabilities. Low compliance with these conditions leads to increased complexity because additional business and/or IT capabilities have to be developed to leverage the full potential of the acquisition. en_US
dc.format.extent 18 en_US
dc.language eng en_US
dc.publisher ICIS en_US
dc.subject.other IT integration en_US
dc.subject.other Acquisition en_US
dc.subject.other Multi-Business Organizations en_US
dc.subject.other Merger en_US
dc.subject.other Strategic alignment en_US
dc.subject.other IT capability en_US
dc.title Managing the IT integration of acquisitions by multi-business organizations en_US
dc.type cp en_US
dc.accessionstatus modt13jan22 anmn en_US
dc.contributor.corporation Copenhagen Business School. CBS en_US
dc.contributor.department Institut for IT-Ledelse en_US
dc.contributor.departmentshort ITM en_US
dc.contributor.departmentuk Department of IT Management en_US
dc.contributor.departmentukshort ITM en_US
dc.description.notes Paper presented at the 32nd International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) 2011. Shanghai, China, 04-07 December 2011. And published in Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems. ICIS 2011. en_US
dc.publisher.year 2011 en_US

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