Title: Post-merger identification as a function of pre-merger identification, relative representation, and pre-merger status
Authors: Boen, Filip ×
Vanbeselaere, Norbert
Brebels, Lieven
Huybens, Wouter
Millet, Kobe #
Issue Date: Mar-2007
Publisher: Wiley
Series Title: European Journal of Social Psychology vol:37 issue:2 pages:380-389
Abstract: This experiment examined the impact of pre-merger identification (low, high), pre-merger group status (low, high) and relative representation (low, high) upon identification with a new merger group. In the first phase of the study, 156 university students were assigned to a pre-merger team of 'inductive' thinkers. Pre-merger identification was manipulated by giving the participants feedback about the extent to which they used the inductionist style. Pre-merger status was manipulated by informing participants that their team had performed worse or better than a deductionist team on a decision-making task. In the second phase, the two pre-merger teams were combined into a merger team of analyst thinkers. Relative representation was manipulated by maintaining most or none of the features of the pre-merger team in this new merger team. The results revealed that high pre-merger identifiers identified more strongly with the merger group than did low pre-merger identifiers, but only when the relative representation was high. Pre-merger status did not influence post-merger identification. Copyright (c) 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
ISSN: 0046-2772
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Research Centre for Exercise & Sport Psychology, and Coaching (-)
Social and Cultural Psychology
Research Centre for Marketing and Consumer Science, Leuven
Policy in Sports & Physical Activity Research Group
Work, Organisational and Personnel Psychology
Research Centre for Work and Organisation Studies (WOS Bxl), Campus Brussels
Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) - miscellaneous
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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