Posts Categorized: stakeholders

Updates and Insights October-November 2013

Includes update information on the revised Progressive Practices website, the publication in the Thunderbird International.Business Review of our co-authored article on Culture Issues in Chinese Cross-Border Integration, the November 12 eknow Webinar, commentary on acquisition and integration issues at Verizon, Microsoft and US Airway/American Airlines.

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Building a Three Legged Stool for Integrating the US Airways/American Airlines Combination: The Making of the World’s Largest Airline

The $11 billion US Airways-American Airlines combination will result in the formation of the world’s largest airline.

Three elements are shaping how this combination and integration will happen and how successful it will be. Each element is a critical leg supporting a successful integration stool. The first key is the driving personality of the US Airways CEO, Douglas Parker. The second is how well the specific challenges involved in combining these two organizations are addressed. The third is how the new airline takes into account the global trends that all airlines have to cope with now and over the next decade.

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The INC Research Experience – A Clinic for Transformational Acquisition and Integration: Part II

Part II of the webinar conversation on how INC Research achieved its successful transformational acquisition of Kendle International. CEO Macdonald and integration lead Kueffer show how to make their extraordinary and remarkable process one that you can replicate. For them, this was not a heroic or special endeavor but rather the best and most sensible way to move INC Research forward and get the results they wanted.

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Clinic on Carrying Out a Transformational M&A Integration

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.

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Google: A Tale of Two Cities – Part 2 – What To Do With Motorola?

In this issue we will look at how Google’s integrating the mega-Motorola acquisition is (or is not) taking shape. After several months Google’s strategic intent for its Motorola acquisition is yet to be apparent. Can Google transform a faltering Motorola into a value creating organization that will help it get to its next level of development?
Also, update on the rocky Glencore acquisition of Xstrata. Too tight focus on the deal and inadequate appreciation of stakeholders can misjudge significant difficulties at all stages of an acquisition and integration.

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Glenmore – XStrata Acquisition: Value Creating Masterstroke or Just a Super Bloated Creature?

A record breaking combination is underway with the 90 billion fusion of the UK based Glencore International Plc with Swiss based XStrata Plc corporation. There are concerns about whether this massive ratcheting up in size brings with it greater ability and effectiveness or will the acquisition result in a bloated, less focused and sluggish creature. The question is whether this massive transaction will actually create value that its backers have promised or destroy it.

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Community Management Enables Successful Acquisition Integration

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”.

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M&A’s Continue Unabated During Economic Roller Coaster

August has been a month filled with upheaval. This is the month that world economies took front row seats on a major economic roller coaster ride that had many of the signs of heading into a next global recession. In the midst of all of this volatility the M&A world had its greatest volume “Merger Monday” for acquisitions of all of 2011, to the surprise of many. Adding a further dimension to this extraordinary mix, HP and Bank of America announced massive corporate divestitures. Their sell offs are the outcome of ill conceived acquisitions and ineffective integrations that took place years earlier, in 2008 and 2004. At root, all of this underscores the reality that acquisition strategy and integrations are not a sprint, but instead are a marathon: a whole process, not a loosely joined series of event…This and more in the August Newsletter!

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Communications Strategies for Integrations

The Newsletter focuses on the role of a strategic communications plan to positively connect with all stakeholders during an integration. How did Southwest Airlines is leveraging its inflight magazine’s 40th Anniversary edition to update its passenger customers about how its integration of AirTran in an informative and entertaining way? Also explored is the Beyond the Deal framework for how to manage both internal and external communications during an integration. A well thought out and executed strategic communications initiative is part of the critical glue that keeps all stakeholders informed and positively linked to the integration

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Culture Issues Involved in Acquisitions and Integrations

Culture issues are involved in all acquisitions and integrations.The first article contains highlights the culture challenges Chinese companies have to resolve in cross-border acquisitions. In the second article Maarten Nijhoff Asser of THT Consulting, focuses on a framework to reconcile cultural dilemmas in an integration.

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