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Assessing the outcomes of the higher education mergers in South Africa: Implications for strategic management

Arnolds, A; Stofile, Regina; Lillah, Riyaadh

Abstract:
The objective of this study is to investigate the relationship between perceived merger outcomes, employee organisational commitment and employee job performance in South African higher education institutions.High levels of negativity towards the mergers have initially been reported. The unbundling of certain mergers has been mooted. The outcomes of these mergers must therefore be evaluated.The empirical results show, amongst other things, that (1) perceptions about merger goal success are significantly related to the organisational commitment and job performance intentions of employees, (2) organisational commitment levels are average and should be increased, (3) perceptions about workload fairness are significantly related to the organisational commitment of employees, and (4) employees have experienced an increased workload.The study emphasises the necessity of the continual management of merger goal successes, workload distributions, and administration processes and resources (especially an empowered staff) in the pursuit of stable educational environments in these institutions.Managers of higher education institutions should pursue prudent strategic financial spending and continuously manage the job performance intent and organisational commitment of their staff members. If this is not done, positive perceptions of merger successes could decrease. Such a situation could perpetuate unstable conditions at already affected merged institutions and even cause stable ones to deteriorate.

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Document Title: Assessing the outcomes of the higher education mergers in South Africa: Implications for strategic management
Journal: Acta Commercii 13(1)
Volume: 13
Issue: 1
No. of Pages: 11


Document Type:Journal Article (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Contributory Studies and Research Approaches
Country:International
Keywords:Mergers, Institutional Management, Higher Education, Higher Education Systems


File Size:544 KB
Date Added:25 June 2013


Arnolds, C.A., Stofile, R.N. & Lillah, R., 2013, ‘Assessing the outcomes of the higher education mergers in South Africa: Implications for strategic management, Acta Commercii 13(1), Art. #175, 11 pages. http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/ac.v13i1.175