Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


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Master's Thesis

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Committee Chair

Negrey, Cynthia, 1953-


Law firms; Corporate culture


Previous research on organizational mergers has found that such a business activity bears an effect upon the structural and cultural foundations of organizations. Whether combining intellectual resources or capital, mergers combine workforces that have operated within every unique historical settings. This research focused on a merger between two law firms and the subsequent acquisition of an additional firm. Interviews with a random stratified sample of employees were conducted to gain insight on the cultural aspects of workforce integration. Througout the research, culture and structure were used as interrelated aspects when addressing the merger. The main result of the research revealed how the employees of three different organizations accustomed to different cultural and structural legacies were affected by workforce integration. With the conclusion of the study, an additional research setting is offered to a growing area of academic interest.