ArticleMerger as Marriage: Communication Issues in Postmerger IntegrationDooley, Kevin J.; Zimmerman, Brenda J.Author Information Kevin J. Dooley, Ph.D., is Professor, Departments of Management and Industrial Engineering, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona. Brenda J. Zimmerman, Ph.D., M.B.A., B.Sc., C.A., is Associate Professor, Faculty of Management, and Associate Member, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Health Care Management Review: January 2003 - Volume 28 - Issue 1 - p 55-67 Buy Abstract Many health care organizations have found themselves involved in mergers, acquisitions, alliances, networks, and other forms of structural change in order to reduce costs, improve utilization and service breadth, increase market leverage, and reduce variation in demand. This article examines three levels of communication issues that interact with one another and impact the likelihood of successful postmerger integration: affect, discursive frame, and negotiating position. © 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.