"The Relationship between Multiple Identification Targets during Post-Merger Integration"



Building upon social identity theory, we examine the competing and complementary effects of organizational (pre-merger) identification and professional identification on employee identification with the post-merger organization. Our results demonstrate that if employees display both strong professional and organizational identification, they identify the least with the post-merger entity. Furthermore, we challenge the previously developed static pictures of identification processes. The relations between organizational (pre-merger) identification and professional identification, on the one hand, and employee identification with the post-merger organization, on the other, change over time. Overall, our study illustrates the importance of identity dynamics.
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Carolien Heintjes