The Role of Discourse in a Merger Process - A Case Study of a Finnish Company Merger

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dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor.advisor Gylfe, Philip Valkamo, Oskari 2019-01-27T17:00:32Z 2019-01-27T17:00:32Z 2018
dc.description.abstract In today’s competitive economy, many companies choose to start working together as one for a variety of reasons, including gaining competitive advantage or finding best practices together. However, despite the popularity of mergers, companies often find it difficult to work together as one. The role discourses and different discursive practices play in a merger process has been recognized, but still received very little academic attention. This thesis focuses on the role discourses play in justifying, analyzing and understanding mergers. In addition to looking at how the findings of the few previous studies apply in a case company, the thesis also aims to explore new areas and find where there is room for further research. The empirical evidence in this qualitative study was collected from interviews of people in managerial positions in a Finnish case company. This company had recently gone through a merger process, and the interviewees consisted of people from both pre-merger companies. The findings of the study are discussed in conjunction with existing literature. The findings affirm some of the scarce previous studies looking at the issue, such as the importance of merger justifications in forming the discursive framework for the whole merger process. In addition, differences between smaller context-specific discourses and the larger company-wide discourse may be a possible source for resistance. Seeing this resistance as a way for individuals to use their discursive power to express a desire for a different merger outcome can prove useful in understanding it. What’s more, the historical contexts of the merging companies influence the ways how some key words and discourses are understood, which can be a source of contention. en
dc.format.extent 68
dc.language.iso en en
dc.title The Role of Discourse in a Merger Process - A Case Study of a Finnish Company Merger en
dc.type G2 Pro gradu, diplomityö fi Kauppakorkeakoulu fi School of Business en
dc.contributor.department Johtamisen laitos fi
dc.subject.keyword discourse en
dc.subject.keyword discursive practices en
dc.subject.keyword merger en
dc.subject.keyword merger justification en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201901271362
dc.type.ontasot Master's thesis en
dc.type.ontasot Maisterin opinnäyte fi
dc.programme Management and International Business (MIB) en
dc.location P1 I fi
local.aalto.electroniconly yes
local.aalto.openaccess no

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