Fagprofil

Helene Loe Colman

Professor

Institutt for strategi og entreprenørskap

Publikasjoner

Teerikangas, Satu & Colman, Helene Loe (2020)

Theorizing in the qualitative study of mergers & acquisitions

Scandinavian Journal of Management, 36(1) Doi: 10.1016/j.scaman.2019.101090

This paper focuses on theorizing in the study of mergers and acquisitions (M&As), a globally significant inter-organizational phenomenon. We analyze 76 qualitative papers on M&As published in leading management journals between 1966–2016. We identify five modes of theorizing in the study of M&As. We find that M&A scholars make theoretical contributions using different theoretical positioning and research design strategies. The majority of the papers offer a contribution to middle-range theorizing (i.e., the literature on M&As), while a third of the papers also contribute to higher-order, or grand theories in management. In closing, this leads us to call for a rejuvenation of middle-range theorizing in management research.

Colman, Helene Loe (2019)

Facilitating integration and maintaining autonomy: The role of managerial action and interaction in post-acquisition capability transfer

Journal of Business Research Doi: 10.1016/j.jbusres.2019.09.063 - Fulltekst i vitenarkiv

Through acquisitions, firms can access resources and capabilities they cannot develop on their own. Post-acquisition, a key managerial challenge is balancing the need for integration, to transfer capabilities, with the need for autonomy, to preserve knowledge-based capabilities. Drawing on extensive qualitative data, I find that this balancing involves managerial perceptions and actions that unfold in a reciprocal and dynamic process, resulting in capability transfer. I identify two distinct trajectories of capability transfer, one driven by the acquiring managers’ perceptions of valuable capabilities in the target, and one driven by the target managers’ desire to shield their capabilities from deterioration. This study contributes to the post-acquisition integration literature by conceptualizing the role played by target and acquiring firm managers in the dynamic, reciprocal, and sequential process of post-acquisition capability transfer.

Grøgaard, Birgitte; Colman, Helene Loe & Stensaker, Inger G. (2019)

Legitimizing, leveraging, and launching: Developing dynamic capabilities in the MNE

Journal of International Business Studies Doi: 10.1057/s41267-019-00245-5

Multinational enterprises (MNEs) face simultaneous pressures for global integration and local responsiveness. While the extant literature acknowledges that most MNEs are neither entirely geared towards achieving global integration nor local responsiveness, scarce attention is given to how MNEs develop organizational flexibility to address multiple and shifting strategy pressures over time. In this paper, we draw on the dynamic capabilities literature to explore how the MNE develops the capabilities needed to achieve this flexibility. Through a qualitative, longitudinal case study spanning 12 years, we identify three recombination capabilities – legitimizing, leveraging, and launching capabilities – through which the MNE develops organizational flexibility. We find that these recombination capabilities improve the MNEs ability to sense and seize new opportunities and enable the MNE to overcome organizational impediments to achieve flexibility. Our study offers a process perspective that shows how the three capabilities together nourish the MNEs resilience to continuously balance between global integration and local responsiveness. Our findings have managerial implications, illustrating that launching new strategic initiatives may fail if the MNE does not have the capabilities to legitimize the new initiatives and to ensure that existing organizational strengths are properly leveraged to support the new initiatives.

Colman, Helene Loe & Rouzies, Audrey (2019)

Postacquisition Boundary Spanning: A Relational Perspective on Integration

Journal of Management, 45(5), s. 2225- 2253. Doi: 10.1177/0149206318759400

Rouzies, Audrey; Colman, Helene Loe & Angwin, Duncan (2018)

Recasting the dynamics of post-acquisition integration: An embeddedness perspective

Long range planning Doi: 10.1016/j.lrp.2018.03.003

M&A scholars have generally assumed that post-acquisition integration is a self-contained process. However this ignores that this process rarely unfolds as the only ongoing initiative in an organization. We contend that post-acquisition integration is not detached from other simultaneous change processes in the organizational context and this has important implications for Our understanding of how integration dynamics actually evolve. To further understand this embeddedness we examine the unfolding of a post-acquisition integration process in a Company faced with an unanticipated drop in demand due to the global economic crisis. Through a qualitative,longitudinal study conducted over three years, we carried out 151 interviews to uncover the unfolding of the post-acquisition process. We find that post-acquisition integration is embedded in a set of co-evolving processes. We highlight four mechanisms coordination, cohesion, disconnection, alienation) that arise from the co-evolution of processes that either facilitate or impede integration. Our findings contribute to our understanding of post-acquisition integration dynamics by recasting the integration process as embedded in a set of co-evolving processes that shape its unfolding.

Grøgaard, Birgitte & Colman, Helene Loe (2016)

Interpretive Frames as the Organization’s “Mirror”: From Espoused Values to Social Integration in MNEs

Management International Review: Journal of International Business, 56(2), s. 171- 194. Doi: 10.1007/s11575-015-0273-4

Stensaker, Inger G.; Colman, Helene Loe & Elter, Frank (2015)

Jakten på effektiviseringsgevinster : global integrering og standardisering

Magma - Tidsskrift for økonomi og ledelse, 18(7), s. 34- 45.

Colman, Helene Loe (2014)

Organisasjonsidentitet

Cappelen Damm Akademisk.

Falkum, Eivind; Colman, Helene Loe & Bråten, Mona (2014)

Industrial relations in merger integrations

Economic and Industrial Democracy, 35(2), s. 267- 287. Doi: 10.1177/0143831X13475829

Colman, Helene Loe & Grogaard, Birgitte (2013)

Integration Vacuum: Creating Action Space for Global Strategy Implementation in International Acquisitions

Thunderbird International Business Review, 55(4) Doi: 10.1002/tie.21553

Colman, Helene Loe & Lunnan, Randi (2013)

Økt effektivitet - eller det motsatte : serieoppkjøp

Magma - Tidsskrift for økonomi og ledelse, 16(6), s. 62- 70.

Rouzies, Audrey & Colman, Helene Loe (2012)

Identification Processes in Post-Acquisition Integration: The Role of Social Interactions

Corporate Reputation Review, 15(3), s. 143- 157. Doi: 10.1057/crr.2012.8

Colman, Helene Loe & Grøgaard, Birgitte (2011)

Nationality as basis for global identity

Colman, Helene Loe; Stensaker, Inger & Tharaldsen, Jorunn Elise (red.). A Merger of Equals? The Integration of Statoil and Hydro`s Oil & Gas Activities

Colman, Helene Loe (2011)

Social identity and group belonging

Colman, Helene Loe; Stensaker, Inger & Tharaldsen, Jorunn Elise (red.). A Merger of Equals? The Integration of Statoil and Hydro`s Oil & Gas Activities

Colman, Helene Loe & Lunnan, Randi (2011)

Organizational Identification and Serendipitous Value Creation in Post-Acquisition Integration

Journal of Management, 37(3), s. 839- 860. Doi: 10.1177/0149206309354645

Colman, Helene Loe; Stensaker, Inger & Tharaldsen, Jorunn Elise (2011)

Collaborating on Research

Colman, Helene Loe; Stensaker, Inger & Tharaldsen, Jorunn Elise (red.). A Merger of Equals? The Integration of Statoil and Hydro`s Oil & Gas Activities

Colman, Helene Loe; Falkum, Eivind, Stensaker, Inger & Tharaldsen, Jorunn Elise (2011)

Merger Integration Outcomes

Colman, Helene Loe; Stensaker, Inger & Tharaldsen, Jorunn Elise (red.). A Merger of Equals? The Integration of Statoil and Hydro`s Oil & Gas Activities

Colman, Helene Loe; Stensaker, Inger & Tharaldsen, Jorunn Elise (2011)

Designing the Integration Process

Colman, Helene Loe; Stensaker, Inger & Tharaldsen, Jorunn Elise (red.). A Merger of Equals? The Integration of Statoil and Hydro`s Oil & Gas Activities

Colman, Helene Loe; Stensaker, Inger & Tharaldsen, Jorunn Elise (2011)

Merger Rationale and Post-merger Integration

Colman, Helene Loe; Stensaker, Inger & Tharaldsen, Jorunn Elise (red.). A Merger of Equals? The Integration of Statoil and Hydro`s Oil & Gas Activities

Colman, Helene Loe; Stensaker, Inger & Tharaldsen, Jorunn Elise (2011)

A Merger of Equals? The Integration of Statoil and Hydro`s Oil & Gas Activities

Fagbokforlaget.

Stensaker, Inger G.; Colman, Helene Loe & Elter, Frank (2019)

Global Integration in the MNE: Sensemaking, Sensegiving and Stakeholder Management during Implementation of Strategic Change

[Academic lecture]. Academy of Management Conference.

Colman, Helene Loe; Grøgaard, Birgitte & Stensaker, Inger G. (2019)

Organizational Identity Work as Ambiguous Imagery: Sustaining Tensions and Developing Flexibility in MNE Subsidiaries

[Academic lecture]. EIBA conference 2019.

Colman, Helene Loe; Rouzies, Audrey & Lunnan, Randi (2019)

The national vs the local: Dual social integration in cross-border acquisitions

[Academic lecture]. Academy of International Business Conference 2019.

Friesl, Martin; Stensaker, Inger G. & Colman, Helene Loe (2018)

Implementing Strategy: The Design, Meaning Making and Political Perspectives of Strategy Implementation Work

[Academic lecture]. Strategic Management Society Annual Conference.

Grøgaard, Birgitte; Colman, Helene Loe & Stensaker, Inger G. (2018)

Addressing Multiple Competitive Pressures in the MNE through Recombination

[Academic lecture]. Academy of Management Conference.

Grøgaard, Birgitte; Colman, Helene Loe & Stensaker, Inger G. (2017)

DEVELOPING ORGANIZATIONAL FLEXIBILITY IN A MULTINATIONAL ENTERPRISE: THE KEY TO COMBINING GLOBAL INTEGRATION AND LOCAL RESPONSIVENESS

[Academic lecture]. EIBA.

Grøgaard, Birgitte; Colman, Helene Loe & Stensaker, Inger G. (2017)

Building dynamic capabilities for organizational flexibility in MNEs to combine global integration and local responsiveness

[Academic lecture]. Strategic Management Society Special Conference.

Stensaker, Inger; Colman, Helene Loe & Elter, Frank (2016)

From Local Autonomy Towards Global Integration: An Identity Perspective on MNE Strategic Change

[Academic lecture]. Academy of Management Annual Conference.

Grøgaard, Birgitte; Colman, Helene Loe & Stensaker, Inger G. (2016)

The Journey to Become a Transnational: A Case Study of the ‘Forgotten’ Strategy

[Academic lecture]. SMS Annual Conference.

Teerikangas, Satu; Rouzies, Audrey & Colman, Helene Loe (2015)

What actually is post-deal integration following M&A?

[Academic lecture]. Academy of Management Conference.

Colman, Helene Loe; Stensaker, Inger G. & Grøgaard, Birgitte (2015)

Navigating Through the Jungle: Integration in the Multinational Enterprise

[Academic lecture]. Academy of Management Conference.

Stensaker, Inger G.; Colman, Helene Loe & Grogaard, Birgitte (2012)

PERCEPTIONS OF FAIRNESS IN A MERGER OF EQUALS: THE ROLE OF INTERACTIONAL JUSTICE

[Academic lecture]. Academy of Management.

Grøgaard, Birgitte & Colman, Helene Loe (2012)

Identifying international strategies through content analysis

[Academic lecture]. Academy of International Business Annual Conference.

Grøgaard, Birgitte & Colman, Helene Loe (2012)

Implementing Normative Integration in MNEs: The Impact of Organizational Identity

[Academic lecture]. Strategic Management Society Conference.

Colman, Helene Loe; Grøgaard, Birgitte & Stensaker, Inger G. (2012)

SUBSIDIARY IDENTITY CONSTRUCTION: MANAGING BOUNDARIES, DISTINCTIVENESS AND RELATIONSHIPS

[Academic lecture]. European International Business Academy (EIBA) 2012 Conference.

Colman, Helene Loe; Rouzies, Audrey & Lunnan, Randi (2012)

Social integration post-acquisition: how identity claims demarcate and compound

[Academic lecture]. Academy of Management Conference.

Colman, Helene Loe; Hydle, Katja Maria & Lunnan, Randi (2012)

Who we are and what we do: strategizing and identity work in post-acquisition integration

[Academic lecture]. Academy of Management Conference.

Colman, Helene Loe & Hydle, Katja Maria (2011)

Who we are and what we do: A strategy as practice perspective on identity in post-acquisition integration

[Academic lecture]. EGOS colloquium.

Colman, Helene Loe & Teerikangas, Satu (2011)

Inductive theory-building approaches in the study of mergers and acquisitions

[Academic lecture]. Academy of Management Annual Conference.

Colman, Helene Loe; Falkum, Eivind & Rouzies, Audrey (2011)

Union representatives ' participation as post-acquisition integration facillitation

[Academic lecture]. Academy of Management Annual Conference 2011.

Colman, Helene Loe; Stensaker, Inger G. & Grøgaard, Birgitte (2011)

Integration Practices and Perceptions of Justice in a Merger of Equals

[Academic lecture]. Academy of Management Annual Conference.

Akademisk grad
År Akademisk institusjon Grad
2008 BI Norwegian Business School Ph.D.
1999 University of Oslo Master Cand. Polit.
1996 University of Oslo Master of Arts
Arbeidserfaring
År Arbeidsgiver Tittel
2010 - Present BI Norwegian Business School Associate professor
2008 - 2011 Fafo Research scientist
2004 - 2008 BI Norwegian Business School PhD Candidate