Speed of ICT integration strategies in absorptions: Insights from a qualitative study

Esteban Garcia-Canal, Alex Rialp-Criado, Josep Rialp-Criado

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A quick replacement of the Information and Communication Technology Systems (ICT) of the target company with the bidder's ICT is expected in absorptions, as the synergies stemming from these deals lie in the rapid integration of the acquired firm within the organizational structure of the bidder. However, the evidence from the literature shows that this is not always the case. In order to analyze and identify the different ICT integration strategies, we conduct a multiple case study featuring five Spanish companies with ample experience in absorptions. Based on this evidence, we construct a typology of ICT integration strategies based on the speed of integration, which is understood as the extent to which the ICT system integration meets or exceeds the minimum technology transfer time due to other organizational requirements. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)295-307
JournalEuropean Management Journal
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2013


  • Absorptions
  • Information and communications technology (ICT) implementation
  • Organizational learning
  • Spanish firms


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