The Speed of Human and Task Integration in Mergers and Acquisitions

Human Integration as Basis for Task Integration

  • Carolin Proft

Part of the BestMasters book series (BEST)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVII
  2. Carolin Proft
    Pages 1-4
  3. Carolin Proft
    Pages 5-50
  4. Carolin Proft
    Pages 51-55
  5. Carolin Proft
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  6. Carolin Proft
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 87-107

About this book


In practice, managers of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) draw their attention more and more to speed of integration within their M&A strategies. In a paradoxical manner, M&A research on speed of integration is still in its infancy and remains underdeveloped. Empirical findings reach from positive over negative to non-significant relationships between speed and M&A success. Carolin Proft develops a research model which encompasses task integration speed and human integration speed as independent variables influencing the dependent variable of M&A performance. She clarifies the question of how the success factor speed can be used as a tool to enhance M&A success. Based on the data collected from 101 German speaking companies she proves that task integration speed negatively influences M&A performance while human integration speed promotes M&A success. The present study is unique as it quantitatively demonstrates that the two types of integration occur at different levels of speed. Therefore, the M&A success significantly depends on the chronology of the two types of integration.



  • Mergers & Acquisitions – State of the Art: M&A Basic Concepts; Post-Merger Integration; Problem Statement
  • Research Model and Hypothesis Development
  • Methodology: Measurement Development; Sample and Data; Results
  • Discussion: Managerial and Theoretical Implications; Limitations and Future Research


Target Groups

  • Researchers and students in the field of International and Strategic Management, and Business Development
  • M&A Managers, CEOs and Human Resource Managers


 The Author

Carolin Proft obtained her Master of Arts degree at Management Center Innsbruck, Austria. She is specialized in the field of International and Strategic Management.


Human Integration Mergers and Acquisitions Post Merger Integration Speed of Integration Task Integration

Authors and affiliations

  • Carolin Proft
    • 1
  1. 1.Internationale HochschuleMCI Management Center InnsbruckInnsbruckAustria

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer Gabler, Wiesbaden
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-658-04563-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-658-04564-7
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