Challenges and resilience: managers' perceptions of firm performance following M&As

Croucher, Richard ORCID:, Glaister, Keith W., Rizov, Marian, Rofcanin, Yasin and Wood, Geoffrey (2020) Challenges and resilience: managers' perceptions of firm performance following M&As. Applied Psychology: An International Review, 69 (4) . pp. 1470-1505. ISSN 0269-994X [Article] (doi:10.1111/apps.12228)

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We study M&As, resilience and performance, identifying links between managers’ perceptions of performance and resilience, using trans-national organisational-level survey evidence (N=3613) and follow up semi-structured in-depth interviews with managers involved in M&As and demerger. Drawing on the resilience and M&A literature, we identify reasons why employees in acquired firms may be less resilient in coping with the resultant changes than those of the acquirer and why this will negatively impact perceptions of performance. We explore the causes and consequences of variations in resilience and performance within firms that acquire others, and in those that have been demerged. As anticipated, we find that although managers in acquired firms tended to report worse performance than those in acquiring firms, both tended to be more positive than firms that had not taken part in an M&A at all. We draw out implications for theory and practice.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > International Management and Innovation > International Business group
Item ID: 27704
Notes on copyright: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article:Croucher, R., Glaister, K.W., Rizov, M., Rofcanin, Y. and Wood, G. (2020), Challenges and Resilience: Managers’ Perceptions of Firm Performance Following M&As. Applied Psychology, 69: 1470-1505. doi:10.1111/apps.12228, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.
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Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2019 11:29
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