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
Date Written: May 22, 2012
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.
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