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Leadership behaviour as key for a successful post-M&A integration

  • This thesis investigates the role of leadership behaviours of C-level executives in the context of post-M&A integration processes. The primary focus is on understanding the impact of specific leadership behaviours on inspiring desirable follower effects and facilitating emotional acceptance during organizational change. Drawing on the frameworks presented in “Six- Dimension Integrative Model of Leadership” and "The Six Domains of Leadership" developed by Sitkin et al., the study conducts expert interviews with managers from middle management who have recently experienced M&A integration. The answers are analysed in depth to identify the most effective leadership behaviours, highlighting those mentioned most frequently and those capable of triggering multiple follower effects simultaneously. The result is a list of behaviours that can serve as a guideline for C-level executives who want to foster desirable follower effects throughout the M&A integration journey.

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Author:Karl-Mathias Hehle
Subtitle (English):A middle management perspective
Title Additional (German):Führungsverhalten als Schlüssel für eine erfolgreiche Post-M&A-Integration
Advisor:Wilfried Manhart
Document Type:Master's Thesis
Year of publication:2023
Publishing Institution:FH Vorarlberg (Fachhochschule Vorarlberg)
Granting Institution:FH Vorarlberg (Fachhochschule Vorarlberg)
Release Date:2023/09/15
Tag:Change management; Follower effects; Leadership behaviour; Mergers and Acquisitions; Post-M&A integration
Number of pages:103
DDC classes:300 Sozialwissenschaften
JEL-Classification:M Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting
Open Access?:ja
Course of Studies:International Management & Leadership
Licence (German):License LogoUrhG - The Austrian Copyright Act applies - Es gilt das österr. Urheberrechtsgesetz