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International Acquisition Success: Social Community and Dominant Logic Dimensions
Journal of International Business Studies
Vol. 41, No. 1 (Jan., 2010), pp. 38-46
Published by: Palgrave Macmillan Journals
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27752476
Page Count: 9
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International acquisitions intended to achieve knowledge transfers and improvements of innovation capacity can only be successful if the acquirer devotes balanced attention to (a) building a unified social community and (b) achieving requisite commonality in dominant logic. The balance between these two dimensions of success depends on the activity class considered: in some activity classes, imposing the acquiring firm's dominant logic will be dysfunctional, and therefore the post-acquisition managerial focus may need to shift towards social community building. Bresman, Birkinshaw and Nobel's (1999) acclaimed "JIBS" paper should be commended for identifying the social community dimension as a critical driver of international acquisition success.
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