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A Meeting of the Metrics
Successful techniques for integrating performance-reporting measures during a merger or acquisition.
Publication: Business Finance Magazine
A Touchy Subject
In a merger or acquisition, reconfiguring benefits programs involves an array of financial challenges — not the least of which is heading off the turnover and productivity problems that might arise if employees believe valuable benefits will be taken away.
Publication: Business Finance Magazine
He Knows How to Be Diligent About Due Diligence
Whether you're sizing up an investment or a new hire, it's not enough to study the financials and the references. As due-diligence expert Barry Rhein will tell you, you've got to read between the lines.
Publication: Fast Company
Is Bigger Better?
12 influential thinkers and leaders peel back the merger issue by answering three different questions: Will these megacorporations really work and succeed over time? Who will want to work with them? And will they work for us - what does this new cast of corporations mean for business and society? After you've considered these leaders' answers to the meaning of mergers, ask yourself, Is bigger really better?
Publication: Fast Company
Merge Ahead
CIOs can play a big role in evaluating and executing mergers—before and after the deal is final.
Publication: Optimize
Mergers: Back to “Happily Ever After”
"Most mergers fail. It’s an assumption repeated so often that few would dare question it. But is it true? ..."
Publication: Strategy+Business
Mergers: Why Most Big Deals Don't Pay Off
A BusinessWeek analysis shows that 61% of buyers destroyed shareholder wealth.
Publication: BusinessWeek
Post-Acquisition Receivables Blues
Caught up in the hype of a merger or acquisition, senior executives often gloss over the challenges inherent in merging A/R portfolios. But problems with receivables can eat into the cash flow — and future revenues — of a newly formed company.
Publication: Business Finance Magazine
The Selective Use of Speed in Mergers and Acquisitions
Post-merger integration is like middle-distance running: Winners do not run as fast as possible from the starting line; instead, they envision how the race will unfold and pick their spots to accelerate.
Publication: Accenture Outlook Online
When Speed + Size = Danger
The link between acquisition volume and performance is weakening. What does the change portend for managers in the automotive (or any) industry where acquisition is still the driving force, yet successful acquisitions are proving more difficult to achieve?
Publication: Accenture Outlook Online

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