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Cultural change processes in mergers - a social constructionis perspective

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There have been a number of attempts to explain post-merger problems bycultural differences, and in this paper, we argue that much previous research onmergers is based on an essentialist concept of culture. We claim that thisconception is a problematic starting point for cultural studies, and argue for asocial constructionist alternative. The conceptual challenges we address are:decontextualization of cultural issues, cultural differentiation andfragmentation, and structural versus processual views on culture. We alsooutline an agenda for future merger research and argue for studies focusing oncultural sensemaking processes in merging organizations by adopting narrativeperspectives.Key words: merger, culture, organizational change, integration, socialconstructionism, narrative.

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Anne-Marie Søderberg, Martine Cardel Gertsen

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eng

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http://hdl.handle.net/10398/6942

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