Merger Integration: Choosing the Most Effective Culture Strategy

In the heat of a deal, too many organisations leave culture to chance because they mistakenly think that they can’t (or shouldn’t) make decisions about it until a deal has been completed.

Certainly I’m not suggesting that every detail be carved in stone before close, but having a clear view about where you’re heading and what type of culture will support expected business and deal outcomes will both smooth and quicken post-merger integration.

When time is money, it pays to prepare.

What do we mean by “culture”?

Generically, many would say culture simply is “how we do things around here”. As described by my colleagues at Walking the Talk Pty Ltd, culture is “patterns of behaviour that are encouraged, discouraged and tolerated by people and systems, over time”. Continue reading

Culture Strategy in M&A: Where Context is Everything

It may seem the obvious thing to do, but many organisations undertaking M&A do not effectively articulate and communicate the business case that underpins their decision to merge or acquire. Often this results in unexpected business and cultural outcomes.

Only by understanding overall business context and deal rationale is it possible to develop and execute a coherent culture strategy aligned to realizing value from a deal, as well as enabling future business outcomes for a combined organization. Continue reading

How to start

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