Corporate mergers and acquisitions (M&A) have established themselves as prominent tools for corporate strategy. Consequently more and more organizations direct their attention towards the potential benefits of an M&A and the problems of leveraging these potentials. Governing and managing enterprise systems (ES) integration in M&A means understanding how ES integration relates to the M&A context and act upon the environmental pressure on the integration solution. We present a six dimensional framework for ES integration in corporate M&A by integrating previous research on M&A and ES integration. We also present and discuss the ES integration in a corporate M&A: The Trelleborg AB’s acquisition of CMP/Kléber Industrie. Trough the combination of the framework’s dimensions, the dynamics of different parts of the M&A process is captured. We suggest that the framework may be used in further research to build cumulative knowledge about how to govern and manage ES integration in M&A. We also suggest that the framework can be used by firms in their acquisitions as it shows, through the combination of dimensions, ES integration issues, decisions, and actions a firm has to consider in acquisition processes.
Henningsson, Stefan and Carlsson, Sven, "Governing and managing enterprise systems integration in corporate M&A" (2006). ECIS 2006 Proceedings. 137.