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Tian, AY, Ahammad, MF, Tarba, SY, Pereira, V, Arslan, A, Khan, Z. Investigating employee and organizational performance in a cross‐border acquisition—A case of withdrawal behavior. Hum Resour Manage. 2021; 1– 17. https://doi.org/10.1002/hrm.22058

Investigating employee and organizational performance in a cross‐border acquisition : a case of withdrawal behavior

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Author: Tian, Anna Yumiao1,2; Ahammad, Mohammad Faisal3; Tarba, Shlomo Yedidia4;
Organizations: 1International Business School Suzhou (IBSS), Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou, China
2Business School, University of Shaoxing, Shaoxing, China
3CIBUL, Leeds University Business School, Leeds, UK
4Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
5The Department of Strategic Management and Organisation, Neoma Business School – Reims Campus, Reims, France
6Department of Marketing, Management and International Business, Oulu Business School, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
7Business School, King's College, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, UK
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: embargoed
Persistent link: http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe202103086751
Language: English
Published: John Wiley & Sons, 2021
Publish Date: 2023-02-24
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Abstract

Over the last two decades, performance management systems (PMSs) have been the focus of increasing attention. However, scant research has examined the link between individual‐ and organizational‐level performance in the context of cross‐border mergers and acquisitions. Employee withdrawal adversely affects organizations, and has thus been associated with negative consequences for organizations and regarded as a counterproductive work behavior. Our article presents an empirical investigation of determinants and consequences of employee withdrawal, and its impact on willingness to share tacit knowledge, knowledge transfer, and cross‐border acquisition performance in the context of Chinese acquisitions in the UK. Based on a cross‐sectional survey of 103 employees of an UK subsidiary and Chinese acquiring firm, we found that trust in the acquiring firm significantly reduces acquired firm employee withdrawal behaviors. Moreover, our findings indicate that employee withdrawal behaviors negatively impact employee willingness to share tacit knowledge. The findings further confirm that such willingness positively influences knowledge transfer, which, in turn, has a positive effect on cross border acquisition performance. Our article contributes to the PMS literature by enhancing the understanding of the process through which human resource management systems affect outcomes at different levels of analysis in the context of the cross‐border acquisitions.

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Series: Human resource management
ISSN: 0090-4848
ISSN-E: 1099-050X
ISSN-L: 0090-4848
Volume: Early Access
DOI: 10.1002/hrm.22058
OADOI: https://oadoi.org/10.1002/hrm.22058
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 512 Business and management
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Funding: Research Development Fund (RDF‐18‐01‐16) and Key Special Program (KSF‐E‐15) of Xi'an Jiaotong‐Liverpool University.
Copyright information: © 2021 Wiley Periodicals LLC. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Tian, AY, Ahammad, MF, Tarba, SY, Pereira, V, Arslan, A, Khan, Z. Investigating employee and organizational performance in a cross‐border acquisition—A case of withdrawal behavior. Hum Resour Manage. 2021; 1– 17, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1002/hrm.22058. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.