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Title: Impact of behaviour factors on acquisition performance: mediating role of speed of post-acquisition change
Authors: Savović, Slađana
Babić, Verica
Journal: Journal of Organizational Change Management
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2021
Abstract: Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to increase understanding of the influence of behaviour factors (corporate cultural differences and transformational leadership) on acquisition performance, through the mediating role of speed of post-acquisition change (as a process factor), in the specific context of a transitional economy. Design/methodology/approach: A model was tested on a sample of acquisitions in Serbia carried out by domestic and European companies. In total, 208 valid questionnaires were collected from 10 acquired companies. Linear regression analysis was used to test the research hypotheses. To test the mediator hypothesis, Baron and Kenny's (1986) procedure was used. Statistical significance of indirect or mediated effect was calculated with Statistical Product and Service Solutions (SPSS) macro provided by Preacher and Hayes (2004). Findings: Mediator analysis shows that corporate cultural differences and transformational leadership have direct and indirect impacts on acquisition performance. Practical implications: The results may be significant for managers involved in the processes of acquisitions, in terms of helping them to make appropriate decisions in different phases of an acquisition process, so as to obtain sufficient levels of employee commitment and trust to improve acquisition performance. Originality/value: This research contributes to a better understanding of the relationships between behaviour factors and acquisition performance. In particular, no research into the speed of post-acquisition changes as a mediator variable between behaviour factors and acquisition performance has previously been conducted, to the best of the authors' knowledge. Thus, this research offers a unique understanding in the transitional economy context of Serbia.
Type: Article
DOI: 10.1108/JOCM-02-2020-0056
ISSN: 09534814
SCOPUS: 85106234126
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Economics, Kragujevac
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