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Knowledge preservation and transfer during post-acquisition integration

Advances in Mergers and Acquisitions

ISBN: 978-0-76231-337-2, eISBN: 978-1-84950-434-8

ISSN: 1479-361X

Publication date: 18 August 2006

Abstract

A model of knowledge-based resource transfer during acquisition integration is developed and tested in a sample of 75 high-tech acquisitions. Results indicate that transferring tacit knowledge is both desirable and difficult in acquisitions of technology intensive firms. It was found that acquired firm autonomy preserves tacit knowledge, while rich communication and retention of key employees facilitates transferring knowledge in acquisitions.

Citation

Ranft, A.L. (2006), "Knowledge preservation and transfer during post-acquisition integration", Cooper, C.L. and Finkelstein, S. (Ed.) Advances in Mergers and Acquisitions (Advances in Mergers & Acquisitions, Vol. 5), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 51-67. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1479-361X(06)05003-4

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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