Title: The role of cultural learning and collective teaching initiatives in M&A knowledge transfer

Authors: Paulina Junni; Riikka M. Sarala

Addresses: Hanken School of Economics, P.O. Box 479, 00101 Helsinki, Finland ' Bryan School of Business and Economics, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, P.O. Box 26165, Greensboro, North Carolina 27402, USA

Abstract: This paper focuses on the roles of collective learning and teaching initiatives in mergers and acquisitions. We examine how these managerial processes influence different types of knowledge flows. We also explore the antecedents of these managerial processes, including knowledge complementarity, knowledge complexity, cultural acceptance and cultural preservation. We test our hypotheses on a sample of domestic and cross-cultural acquisitions conducted by Finnish companies.

Keywords: knowledge transfer; acquisitions; mergers; complementarity; complexity; organisational culture; cultural learning; collective teaching; teaching initiatives; managerial processes; knowledge flows; cultural acceptance; cultural preservation; cross-cultural acquisitions; Finland; cross-cultural competence; cross-cultural management; cross-cultural transformations; conflict.

DOI: 10.1504/EJCCM.2012.052593

European Journal of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management, 2012 Vol.2 No.3/4, pp.275 - 298

Accepted: 16 Apr 2012
Published online: 29 Jul 2014 *

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