Identity versus culture in mergers of equals

Sri Zaheer, Margaret Schomaker, Mehmet Genc

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We suggest that organizational identity-'who we are'-may be as influential as culture-'how we do things' in affecting the integration process, especially in mergers of equals. We also suggest that the framing of a merger as one of 'equals' is itself likely to reinforce existing organizational identities by setting up an expectation of strict equality in all aspects of the merger.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-191
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Management Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2003


  • Culture
  • Identity
  • Integration
  • Mergers of equals

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