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The contingent role of distributed leadership in the relationship between HR practices and organizational ambidexterity in the cross-border M&As of emerging market multinationals

Rao-Nicholson, R., Khan, Zaheer, Akhtar, Pervaiz, Tarba, S.Y. (2016) The contingent role of distributed leadership in the relationship between HR practices and organizational ambidexterity in the cross-border M&As of emerging market multinationals. International Journal of Human Resource Management, . pp. 1-22. ISSN 0958-5192. (doi:10.1080/09585192.2016.1216882) (KAR id:56881)

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Abstract

This paper investigates the effect of human resource practices on organizational ambidexterity in cross-border mergers and acquisitions. Previous research suggests that human resource practices play an important role in improving organizational performance, but that there may be contingency factors that interact with human resource practices, leading to different performance outcomes. We focus on one such potential contingency factor: distributed leadership as a key moderator that interacts with human resource practices, leading to organizational ambidexterity in cross-border mergers and acquisitions. We examine 84 deals of emerging economies cross-border mergers and acquisitions. We found that human resource practices positively influence the acquired firms' ambidexterity, but when we take into account the contingent role of distributed leadership, the effect of human resource practices becomes much stronger, indicating the importance of distributed leadership as a key variable that can explain variations in the success of cross-border mergers and acquisitions. The findings have important implications for international human resources management practices in the acquired subsidiaries and for individual leadership styles adopted by parent firms during the post-acquisitions period.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/09585192.2016.1216882
Uncontrolled keywords: emerging economies, HR practices, organizational ambidexterity, mergers and acquisitions, distributed leadership.
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > International Business and Strategy
Depositing User: Zaheer Khan
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2016 11:48 UTC
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2019 09:23 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/56881 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Khan, Zaheer: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5538-3123
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