Managing the IT integration of acquisitions by multi-business organizations

Henningsson, Stefan and Yetton, Philip 2011, Managing the IT integration of acquisitions by multi-business organizations, in ICIS 2011 Proceedings of the 32nd International Conference on Information Systems, Association for Information Systems, Atlanta, Ga., pp. 3853-3870.

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Title Managing the IT integration of acquisitions by multi-business organizations
Author(s) Henningsson, Stefan
Yetton, PhilipORCID iD for Yetton, Philip
Conference name Information Systems. International Conference (32nd : 2011 : Shanghai, China)
Conference location Shanghai, China
Conference dates 2011/12/04 - 2011/12/07
Title of proceedings ICIS 2011 Proceedings of the 32nd International Conference on Information Systems
Editor(s) Galetta, D. F.
Liang, T. P.
Publication date 2011
Conference series International Conference on Information Systems
Start page 3853
End page 3870
Total pages 18
Publisher Association for Information Systems
Place of publication Atlanta, Ga.
Keyword(s) IT integration
multi-business organizations
strategic alignment
IT capability
Summary Acquisitions are standard components of the growth strategies of many organizations. Frequently, acquisitions raise important questions concerning how and to what extent the acquisition's information technology (IT) needs to be integrated into the IT of the acquirer. We investigate how the initial conditions of business and IT alignment in the acquirer and the acquisition affect the complexity of the post-acquisition IT integration process, in acquisitions of business units by multi-business organizations. Adopting an IT alignment model for multi-business organizations, we explain the complexity of IT integration paths in two acquisitions made by the industry group Trelleborg AB We identify four initial business and IT strategic alignment conditions where the IT integration process is a simple one-step process exploiting existing business and IT capabilities. Low compliance with these conditions leads to increased complexity because additional business and/or IT capabilities have to be developed to leverage the full potential of the acquisition.
ISBN 9781618394729
Language eng
Field of Research 150302 Business Information Systems
Socio Economic Objective 900201 Administration and Business Support Services
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
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