Advances In Management

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Advances In Management

Vol. 11(2) June 2018

The Role of Organisational Culture for M and A Deals - Qualitative Evidence from the Insurance Industry

Busse Ronald and Höfer Stephanie

In the last few decades, mergers and acquisitions (M&As) significantly increased in numbers and volume. However, many such deals fail to create value and to achieve the set objectives. Consequently, scholars and practitioners are concerned with identifying those factors which are crucial for M and A success. We add to this body of knowledge by shifting the spotlight of attention towards the often overlooked but yet pivotal role of organisational culture. Focusing on the ‘soft side of the business’ and following a qualitative (i.e. exploratory) methodology, ten semistructured in-depth interviews were conducted. Our convenience sample covers the internal management as well as the external advisory perspective in the insurance industry. Two main contributions emerge from our investigation.

First, among other factors (leadership, time, strategic planning, communication, staff) organisational culture is the key-driver for M&A success. Second and in contrast to the claim of topical literature, we find that the perceived importance of corporate culture is no longer neglected or underestimated by those involved in M&A deals. Nevertheless, helplessness and lack of knowledge and skills impede ‘cultural integration’ and should be early addressed in the pre-merger phase.

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Making People's Lives healthier at Infra: A Case Study

Joshi Ashima

Since last two decades technological advancement has quickened the globalization process which has caused amazing changes within and outside the organization. Business performance is fluctuating, perplexing worldwide and is changing speedily. Over the time, society desires have changed, changes have influenced customers and workers too. So as to hold on the worldwide market, organizations integrate corporate social responsibility into their business execution with the target to fortify their intensity.

In current economy where knowledge is a critical asset and the demand for all the talented workers has increased, employees have turned into the most imperative. Work place wellbeing alludes to mental, emotional and social aspects of employee's life. The aim behind developing this case study was to investigate and survey how socially responsible orientation incorporates in human resource management and contributes to the accomplishment of well-being of employees.

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Mobile apps usage vis-à-vis shopping habits and preferences

Girish Babu M. and Valasala N.V.A. Sai Sankar

Online marketing, e-marketing, e-commerce and digital marketing are the buzz words and gaining importance in the modern business world. Company website base online purchase platforms are available. Similar to middle men or channel members, Amazon India, Flipkart, Make My Trip, Clear trip etc. work like channel members on the technology platform. In the evolution of online marketing, a paradigm shift is seen from web-portal buying to mobile app-based buying. Mobile app-based buying, in fact, is growing significantly every day.

This research paper probes into the profile of the online buyers, factors influencing the online buyers and also the factors for which the off-line buyers not willing to go for online purchases.

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Environment Perceptions and Business Management Practices of Forcibly Displaced Entrepreneurs: A Case Study

Swithina Mboko

This study reports on the influence of environment perception on business management practices of refugee entrepreneurs. We make a contribution to the rising stream of research investigating immigrant entrepreneurship through studying refugee entrepreneurs of African ethnicity. We find that motivations to start businesses are in line with what previous studies have established. We also find home and host country influences on the refugee entrepreneurs perception of the environment. One conclusion of our study is that the refugee entrepreneurs’ business practices fit the microentrepreneur’s typology. Our study showed that for these entrepreneurs’ profit does not feature as a measure of success preferring to focus on the flexibility that self-employment provides.

Research shows that many of the immigrant owned businesses are small businesses. Small businesses are known to face challenges related to their nature hence there is the need for support that authorities try to meet through various small business assistance programs. The question we are trying to answer is whether refugee entrepreneurs see the need to seek business development assistance. We use entrepreneurship and small business development literature to guide our investigation.

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