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Effect of Mergers and Acquisitions on Foreign National Employees' Morale in the Silicon Valley

Mergers and acquisitions are becoming increasingly popular strategic options for organizations in the high technology industry located in the Silicon Valley to maintain competitive advantage. Corporations massively invest in it, though the success rate is low, owing to the human and cultural facets. This study presents how foreign national employees, a huge population in the Silicon Valley, are affected by such mergers and acquisitions. Seven participants were interviewed; fear of job loss along with employment or visa constraints, undefined roles and responsibilities, and job dissatisfaction were identified as the significant stressors affecting employee morale. The findings also suggest that minimal managerial communication created huge frustration, which should be improved for better results. A few constructive management strategies to help employees cope better were also noted.

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