Hybridisation in Social Systems: A Conceptual Perspective
14 Pages Posted: 26 Jan 2011 Last revised: 29 Jan 2011
Date Written: January 26, 2011
This conceptual paper sketches the hybridisation process in M&As, which refers to the blending of organisational cultures. First, hybridisation is defined as an intermediary stage of integration and assimilation. Second, seven forms of hybridisation are grouped into organisational and individual/group level. It is found, that hybridisation may help to stabilise social systems or destabilise them, depending on how properly this phenomenon is managed. Finally, hybridisation is highlighted as a strategy to improve sensemaking. The paper concludes with a call for further research on hybridisation processes, to develop a valid theory based on empirical research that helps to improve the performance of future M&A deals.
Keywords: hybridisation, pathologies of organisations, collective culture shock, cultural stretch, sensemaking
JEL Classification: M14, M16
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