Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are popular business strategies and have been on the increase in recent years. The present study investigated post‐merger stress in a sample of field sales employees from a recently merged organisation. A survey methodology was utilised to examine group differences, comparing those from the two pre‐merger companies and those new to the merged organisation. Results revealed that group differences in both sources and effects of stress existed. Those from the dominant pre‐merger company reported the highest stress levels and most negative work attitudes. Results were discussed in relation to previous research. It was concluded that group differences in response to large‐scale organisational change are prevalent and the group context of the situation should be recognised and explored by managers in change situations.
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