Title

International acquisitions: Retention of a target firm's key top personnel for social capital

Date of this Version

1-1-2011

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

Citation only.

Kiessling, T. S., & Simsek, B. (2011). International acquisitions: Retention of a target firm's key top personnel for social capital. International journal of human resources development and management, 11(2/3/4), 167-178.

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2011 HERDC submission. FoR code: 150305

© Copyright Inderscience Enterprises Ltd., 2011

ISSN

1465-6612

Abstract

One of the most utilized strategic tactics by many organizations is to focus on international acquisitions in foreign markets to compete effectively in the current ever-changing dynamic competitive landscape. We suggest that the key top personnel of a previously successful target international firm is a valuable resource and needs to be retained for the local firm’s continued success due to their social capital which was developed over time. This research focuses on the key top personnel (typically members of the top management team) and their value to the firm to help explain the variation in acquisition success. Thus we argue that the key Top Personnel (KTP) need to be retained due to the value of their Social Capital.

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