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Managing the IT integration of acquisitions by multi-business organizations

conference contribution
posted on 2011-12-01, 00:00 authored by S Henningsson, Philip YettonPhilip Yetton
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.

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Event

Information Systems. International Conference (32nd : 2011 : Shanghai, China)

Volume

5

Pagination

3853 - 3870

Publisher

Association for Information Systems

Location

Shanghai, China

Place of publication

Atlanta, Ga.

Start date

2011-12-04

End date

2011-12-07

ISBN-13

9781618394729

Language

eng

Publication classification

E1.1 Full written paper - refereed; E Conference publication

Copyright notice

[2011, The Conference]

Editor/Contributor(s)

D Galetta, T Liang

Title of proceedings

ICIS 2011 Proceedings of the 32nd International Conference on Information Systems

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