M&A: How to Avoid Culture Clash

This post is by Jerome Parisse, originally published on the Walking the Talk website.  It is the first in a series that Jerome and I are putting together to introduce a unique Culture Masterclass for M&A Executives, developed jointly by Isely Associates International and Walking the Talk. 

Every merger or acquisition is undertaken to enhance business value, yet many fail to achieve expected outcomes because of a failure to effectively manage cultural risks and harness cultural opportunities. Data shows that up to 50% – 70% of mergers and acquisitions fail to achieve expected returns. In most of these underperforming deals, culture clash is at the top on the list of reasons for failure.


It does not have to be like this.

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Merger and Acquisition Activity Still Trending

Will merger mania continue in 2016?  Asia Pacific’s M&A boom continues    Mergers and acquisitions dominated markets in 2015   Oil Shakeout, Corporate Breakups Drove Merger And Acquisition Activity In 2015   SOE reform could see more merger activity among Chinese state firms The boom is back: M&A reemerges as leading growth strategy.   Conclusion: an active 2015 for corporate transactions   M&A rise set to continue   Markets Preview: Merger Activity Enlivens Wall Street

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