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“HR’s Role in Maintaining Employee Engagement during a Merger, Acquisition or Demerger”

Pierse, Emily (2012) “HR’s Role in Maintaining Employee Engagement during a Merger, Acquisition or Demerger”. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

This dissertation explores HR’s role in maintaining employee engagement during mergers, acquisitions and demergers. It draws attention to the future post-recession increase in M&A that is predicted to occur as the economy improves.

The objective of this research was to examine the importance of employee engagement during M&A and to investigate the role of HR in maintaining employee engagement during M&A. The researcher conducted quantitative questionnaires on employees to gain the perspective of employees who had recently experienced M&A. The researcher also conducted qualitative interviews to gain the perspective of senior management who had experienced the same M&A.

The findings convey that senior management do not value the importance of employee engagement as much as is necessary for the success of M&A. The findings also convey that HR professionals must become strategic business partners in order to contribute to maintaining employee engagement from the beginning of the planning stages of M&A. Lastly the findings convey that HR can and must maintain employee engagement by training local management.

The research contributes to the literature review and adds value to the topic of employee engagement. The limitations of this study are discussed. Further research is also highlighted and recommendations are made.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Large Industry. Corporations. > Consolidation and Merger of Corporations
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Human Resource Management > Performance Management > Employee Engagement
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Human Resource Management
Divisions: School of Business > Master of Arts in Human Resource Management
Depositing User: CAOIMHE NI MHAICIN
Date Deposited: 16 May 2013 13:35
Last Modified: 16 May 2013 13:35
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/786

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