Manifestations of Higher-Order Routines: The Underlying Mechanisms of Deliberate Learning in the Context of Post-Acquisition Integration

Academy of Management

48 Pages Posted: 23 May 2012

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Koen H. Heimeriks

Independent

Mario Schijven

Texas A&M University - Department of Management

Stephen Robert Gates

Audencia Nantes School of Management

Date Written: May 22, 2012

Abstract

Building on the codification and dynamic capabilities literatures, we pursue deeper insight into the underlying mechanisms of deliberate learning in the context of post-acquisition integration. We argue that experience codification gives rise to inertial forces that hamper the customization of routines to any given acquisition. We theorize, therefore, that successful acquirers develop higher-order routines - as manifested in two complementary sets of concrete organizational practices - that serve to prevent the generalization of inapplicable (zero-order) codified routines. After drawing on in-depth qualitative data to help build our theoretical argument, we test it formally based on unique survey data on 85 active acquirers.

Suggested Citation

Heimeriks, Koen H. and Schijven, Mario and Gates, Stephen Robert, Manifestations of Higher-Order Routines: The Underlying Mechanisms of Deliberate Learning in the Context of Post-Acquisition Integration (May 22, 2012). Academy of Management. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2064833

Koen H. Heimeriks

Independent

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Mario Schijven (Contact Author)

Texas A&M University - Department of Management ( email )

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College Station, TX 77843-4218
United States

Stephen Robert Gates

Audencia Nantes School of Management ( email )

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Nantes Cedex 3, Cedex 3 44312
France

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