29th March 2017

How to leverage company culture for a successful M&A

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Footdown was proud to be featured in C-suite magazine recently with an article on leveraging company culture to achieve successful mergers and acquisitions. Here’s a little snippet of what we had to say…

In today’s fast-paced business climate mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are often seen as an efficient strategy for creating value, growth and competitive advantage.

However, a study released by the Institute for Mergers, Acquisitions and Alliances revealed that 83% of M&As fail to deliver on expectations and boost shareholders’ returns. A clash between cultures is one of the most frequently quoted reasons behind failure.

Despite this powerful statistic, during and post mergers, companies still prioritise financial aspects and risks over critical intangible assets such as organisational culture, human capital and company structure. Because organisational culture is often seen as a ‘soft’ component of an M&A and it’s difficult to measure, few organisations invest significant resources into integrating two disparate cultures.

Read the rest of this article in C-Suite magazine here


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