Communication Approaches Impact Mergers and Acquisitions Outcome Paper


Using the cited research from the textbook as a starting point, you are to find a current (as recent as possible) related journal article, preferably on the same topic. You should then read the current article and compare its’ results and findings to those summarized in the text. After determining whether the results and findings are the same or different from those cited in the textbook, you then need to explain what those similarities or differences mean, in plain English.

All cited material must include both internal citations and a complete reference list at the end of the paper. A cover sheet should minimally indicate the name of the Research Report, and the date.

Article Specific Directions

Chapter 25, Research Report 25.1 – The realistic merger preview

The Schweiger and DeNisi (1991) article is not that recent, so it should be possible to find something more recent than this article. The point of the exercise is to find another article dealing with communications or information and change.

To that end it may be helpful to:

1.  Use the library databases to search on “communication”, “change”, “merger”, or “change” as well as the authors’ names to find related articles. The chapter may provide you with useful search terms as well. Given the difficulty that you may have in finding a direct match, if you find an article that deals with similar issues, that will be sufficient for this exercise.

2.  Use Research report 25.1 to generate search terms, as previously suggested. The narrative has useful phrases that can be used for a literature search.

3.  You do not want to merely summarize the article. You want to indicate whether the article you found is consistent or inconsistent with the Schweiger and DeNisi (1991) findings. Then you want to discuss what these results, as a whole (both articles together), mean to leaders and managers in terms of being able to consider the effects of communication and information sharing on change efforts.