In this issue we first take a look at the active sectors for acquisitions in 2011 and what the drivers are for this broad upswing. Then, before you get too comfortable in the mainstream view of things, we make a departure to glimpse on the impact of the emergence of new, dynamic firms on what… Read more »Read More...
Posts Categorized: Mergers and Acquisitions
After the acquisition is signed sealed and delivered, integration planning turns into integration execution. For a company to be extraordinarily successful in the outcome it needs to maintain a strong focus on cultivating its core capabilities and use them as enablers to power that six springboards will move the newly combined company to the next higher level of performance.
This is the first of a series discussing these six springboards.Read More...
The M&A scene is ramping up in the greatest volume in three years as companies find the extensive amounts of cash they have stockpiled needs to be put to better use than stock buybacks and higher dividends. Since firms have cut back as far as they could they have pared their R&D and growth initiatives. Acquisition seems an imperative to develop additional revenues and ROI. But these overly trimmed firms may face a quandry since they have cut so much that they do not have the people or culture to support healthy integrations and related innovations that will create value.
At the same time new approaches such as The Hyper-Social Organization are being developed that give us ways to change how we work and think about organizations, customers and networks. These particular approach brings the human being back to the center of the equation, both inside and outside the organization – with social media as the vehicle to build connectedness that both changes the organization and leads to a people lead growth mode. The blog will publish segments of the conversations with co-authors Francois Gossieaux and Ed Moran about the premises, principles and practices of this approach, and in particular how it relates to acquisition integration.
We are moving into an era of M&A Integration 2.0. The developments of technology and a shift in attitudes now gives companies considering major acquisitions the chance to remake their approach to acquisitions to make it more inclusive, collaborative, quicker, more coherent, all with a greater possibility of remarkable quantum leaps in value creation. But technology is the tool, not the master. Never forget that the greatest tool for acquisitions and integrations is your collective organizational brain. You are the guiding actor in this complex undertaking. At the same time make sure you take advantage of the reduction in cycle time, gain in value creation and power of the emerging array of strategic tools as we move into the Integration 2.0 era.Read More...
This first article in this Newsletter is a set of observations from my November trip to
Shenzhen, China for a Knowledge Cities Summit and to neighboring
Hong Kong. The second article is a conversation with Euan Semple, a leading
advisor on the design and implementation of social media tools in
business on using social media tools to enhance flow of critical knowledge in post merger integrations.