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Thinking about people in mergers and acquisitions processes

José-Luis Rodríguez-Sánchez (Departamento de Economía de la Empresa (ADO), Economía Aplicada II y Fundamentos del Análisis Económico Facultad de Ciencias Jurídicas y Sociales, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain)
Marta Ortiz-de-Urbina-Criado (Departamento de Economía de la Empresa (ADO), Economía Aplicada II y Fundamentos del Análisis Económico Facultad de Ciencias Jurídicas y Sociales, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain)
Eva-María Mora-Valentín (Departamento de Economía de la Empresa (ADO), Economía Aplicada II y Fundamentos del Análisis Económico Facultad de Ciencias Jurídicas y Sociales, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain)

International Journal of Manpower

ISSN: 0143-7720

Article publication date: 10 January 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to propose a human resource management model for the integration stage of mergers and acquisitions (M/A) process with four key factors: leadership and integration team; change and restructuring process; human resources (HR) resistance; valuable HR retention.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors analyze a case study of a multinational company that operates in the mechanical engineering sector.

Findings

The results show the special importance of human resource management in the success of the merger and acquisition process. And, the main actions implemented in HR contributing to the success of this process are identified.

Research limitations/implications

Subsequent investigations could conduct similar analyses for the planning and implementation stages of the merger and acquisition process, with the objective of presenting a complete HR management model in merger and acquisition processes.

Practical implications

The case study allows researchers to learn from professionals and business leaders while also offering a theoretical model that can help managers make decisions and improve the management of these processes.

Originality/value

The main contribution of this study has been to observe how HR are managed in the integration stage of M/A.

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Acknowledgements

Research funding: this work was supported by Projects ECO2015-67434-R of Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (Spain).

Citation

Rodríguez-Sánchez, J.-L., Ortiz-de-Urbina-Criado, M. and Mora-Valentín, E.-M. (2019), "Thinking about people in mergers and acquisitions processes", International Journal of Manpower, Vol. 40 No. 4, pp. 643-657. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJM-05-2018-0143

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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