The Paradox of Post-Acquisition IS Integration Preparation: Preparing Under Incomplete Information

@article{Wynne2018ThePO,
  title={The Paradox of Post-Acquisition IS Integration Preparation: Preparing Under Incomplete Information},
  author={Peter Wynne and S. Henningsson},
  journal={2018 IEEE 20th Conference on Business Informatics (CBI)},
  year={2018},
  volume={01},
  pages={50-59}
}
In this paper, we propose the paradox of preparation as a salient dilemma facing IT organizations in firms anticipating acquisitions or acquisition activity. The paradox of preparation originates in the need to start preparations for post-acquisition IS integration long before the legal combination is concluded, and the contradictory observation that only after the deal is concluded will it be known to the acquirer what they should have prepared for. Based on an in-depth, explorative study of… Expand
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