Gaining access to externally created knowledge is often the driving
force behind mergers and acquisitions (M&As). Despite the
knowledge acquisition and learning opportunities that M&As
provide, leveraging the benefits is often difficult to achieve due
to organizational misfit and failure in the integration process.
While the importance of embedding learning activities into
post-acquisition is widely known, the flipside of learning –
namely unlearning – is often neglected.
In this article, we spotlight the role of unlearning activities to reconcile organizational misfit during post-acquisition integration. We suggest three organizational misfit dimensions, which potentially impede M&A success. Furthermore, we suggest that post-acquisition integration is more than simply transferring knowledge from the acquired to the acquiring firm; it also involves the substitution and deletion of established but obsolete knowledge – that is, unlearning – to pave the way for new learning, to reconcile misfit during integration and, ultimately, to make a merger or acquisition a success
M&A, mergers, acquisitions, post-merger integration, post-acquisition integration, organizational unlearning, organizational misfit, performance
|kind of paper||journal article|
|date of appearance||11-2010|
|publisher||Ernst & Young (Eschborn)|
|volume of journal||3|
|number of issue||1|
|citation||Kunisch, S., Wolf, C., & Quodt, J. (2010). When Forgetting is the Key – The Value of Unlearning Activities during Post-Acquisition Integration. Performance, 3(1), 5-13.|