You can count on the fingers of your hands the number of M&A’s that are transformational and produce extraordinary gains. INC’s perspective and process are explored in the exciting and insightful webinar: How one company acquired a competitor twice its size and won big!” The webinar became a clinic on how to frame and carry out a transformational integration.Read More...
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Another element is making its way to the integration forefront. This is the “community management” approach to frame and execute the integration. How community management may be a better way to carry out the full range of integration processes, including such vexing problems as culture clashes that can hinder and undermine the transition into the “new company”.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.