This conceptual paper aims at exploring the role of organizational unlearning in postacquisition integration. While M&A are frequently pursued for learning and knowledge acquisition motives, they often fall short of delivering on the initial promises due to failures in post-acquisition integration. Previous research unfolded that post-acquisition performance depends on the organizational fit between two organizations. Yet, we know relatively little about how the integration of the acquired firm has to be managed in order to overcome problems of organizational fit. Therefore, we investigate the role of organizational unlearning in reconciling organizational misfit in post-acquisition integration. Our arguments suggest that especially in cases of fundamental differences in belief systems organizational unlearning fosters postacquisition performance and knowledge transfer.
Mergers & Acquisitions
Post Merger Integration
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Dare to Care: Passion and Compassion in Management Practice and Research
Academy of Management
Paper Session 998
70th Academy of Management Annual Meeting (AOM) 2010 "Dare to Care"