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Predictors of change in postmerger identification during a merger process: a longitudinal study.

Gleibs, Ilka H., Mummendey, Amélie and Noack, Peter (2008) Predictors of change in postmerger identification during a merger process: a longitudinal study. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 95 (5). pp. 1095-1112. ISSN 0022-3514

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Abstract

Adopting an intergroup perspective, the authors examined predictors of change in postmerger identification throughout a merger. Data were collected over 3 points of measurement from 157 students of a newly merged university. The 1st questionnaire was distributed 4 months after the implementation of the merger; the following 2 were distributed 6 months and 1 year thereafter. With its longitudinal design, this study replicates and extends past results by revealing predictors of change in organizational identification for members of the dominant and subordinate organizations throughout a merger process. As predicted, postmerger identification increased only slowly for members of both the dominant and the subordinate organizations. Multilevel models for change confirmed that the predictive effect of premerger identification on postmerger identification for members of the dominant organization dissipates over time. The effect of in-group typicality unexpectedly varied as a function of organizational membership and was stable over time. Perceived fairness in the merger process positively influenced postmerger identification across members of both organizations; over time the effect of fairness amplified.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/psp/index.aspx
Additional Information: © 2008 American Psychological Association
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Sets: Departments > Social Psychology
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2013 14:24
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/48807/

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