Magdalena Langosch

Integration in Mergers and Acquisitions: do soft-factors influence Post-merger Performance?

Magdalena Langosch

Trained in International Business and Organisational Change Management, Magdalena focuses on how culture and communication affects employee behaviour and firm performance.

Magdalena obtained a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in International Business and Management from the University of Groningen (The Netherlands) and a Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Organisational Change & Consultancy (cum laude) from the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (The Netherlands). During her studies, she attended one Semester abroad at EWHA Womans University in Seoul, South Korea.

PhD research description

In her dissertation, Magdalena focuses on cultural differences, communication and social networks in post-merger integration (PMI) management and how those influence the merger process, integration and firm performance of international Mergers and Acquisitions (M&As).
Her thesis is planned around three ready-to-publish papers as the main chapters of the dissertation. Each research project focuses on a specific aspect in the post-merger integration phase and include the following: (1) sub-cultures and cross-border M&A performance in the context of Germany and Austria, (2) a Meta-Analysis of the literature on Integration in Mergers and Acquisitions, and (3) a case study, using the method of Social Network Analysis as integration measurement.
The aim of the research is to develop a better understanding of key drivers and success factors in the Post-merger Integration (PMI) process, and provide beneficial insights for both, research and management.

PhD supervisors

Magdalena's research is within the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship under the supervision of Professor Wilfred Dolfsma and Justin Tumlinson

Papers, publications and articles

‘M&A: Dutch buyers acquiring less international despite Globalization’ - M&A Online Magazine (January 2016)
‘There's a significant evidence that Dutch buyers fail in non-European Acquisitions’ - M&A Online Magazine (January 2016)
‘M&A: Dutch buyers are falling out of love with the US’ - M&A Online Magazine (February 2016)
Chinese students expect more than a 'ni hao# at the start of a lecture' - Times Higher Education (September 2018)
Langosch, M., & McCarthy, K.J. (2017). Culture in Mergers and Acquisitions. Culture and Behavioral Strategy, 125. 
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