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M&As made easy

Despite the relative lethargy in the market as a whole, M&As will continue to be a strategic tool for growth

Article by: | Published: 29 May 2012

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No shortcuts in M&As

Despite the relative lethargy in the market as a whole, M&As will continue to be a strategic tool for growth.

Article by: | Published: 24 April 2012

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Checking for vital signs, post M&A

While some organisations become quite skilled at acquiring, the dynamic of each integration remains unique and the risks of getting it wrong are high.

Article by: | Published: 2 November 2011

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M&As not a game of chance

With a number of recent announcements of high profile megadeals, such as HP buying the UK’s Autonomy, and SAB Miller’s bid for Fosters, it seems that mergers and acquisitions are on the up.

Article by: | Published: 20 October 2011

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Human Resource Directors can never be sure when they may get a call which will turn their lives upside down.

Article by: | Published: 24 May 2011

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Leading people through mergers and acquisitions

When two organisations, employing hundreds or thousands of people, merge, a great deal of effort is given over to due diligence. Much time is devoted to poring over finances, integrating IT systems, telling the stock market about synergies and drawing up new structure charts. However, it may take some time to dawn on leaders that people change more slowly and in more complex ways than systems and processes.

Article by: | Published: 3 September 2008

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Split decision

At start-up, a company develops its personality by identifying the products and services it wants to offer, which will, hopefully, result in sales. Once the company’s identity is in place, it can begin to assert itself by focusing on creating a large customer base, selling to that customer base and making lots of money in the meantime. But problems often occur when a business decides to merge with or acquire a business which is not a good cultural fit.

Article by: | Published: 29 July 2008