The role of HR in cross-border mergers and acquisitions: the case of Indian pharmaceutical firms

Pawan S. Budhwar, Arup Varma, Anastasia A. Katou, Deepa Narayanan

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Abstract

Mergers and acquisitions (M&) are increasingly becoming a strategy of choice for companies attempting to achieve and sustain competitive advantage. However, not all M&As are a success. In this paper, we examine the three main reasons highlighted in the literature as major causes of M&A failure (clashing corporate cultures, absence of clear communication, and employee involvement) in three Indian pharmaceutical companies, and we analyze the role played by the HR function in addressing them. Also, we discuss the importance of gaining the commitment and focus of the workforce during the acquisition process through employee involvement.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-110
Number of pages22
JournalMultinational Business Review
Volume17
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Keywords

  • human resource management
  • M&As
  • cross-border
  • India
  • mergers and acquisitions

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