Why Business Marriages Fail: A Practical Guide to Merger and Acquisition Risks Caused by Cultural Differences (Paperback)

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For the past 20 years, US businesses have lost an average of $11.3 billion a year to failed mergers and acquisitions. The failures cross market cycles, industries, and deal size. These "business marriages" are costly not only because they destroy value-they diminish market share, damage business relationships, and tarnish once-respected brands. The author interviewed 100 M&A experts in varying deal roles to determine the underlying causes for the persistently poor track record. The experts strongly agree that failure to assess the cultures of the prospective partners prior to deal close often results in unanticipated, post-deal "culture clashes" that disrupt the cohesiveness of the leadership team, destabilize the business operation, and derail execution of brilliant business strategies. Why Business Marriages Fail is a pragmatic, easy-to-read handbook warning that the risks created by cultural differences may be even greater than the financial risks inherent with M&A transactions. The book provides strong insight into why these risks are routinely overlooked or discounted and how quickly they can undermine financial performance. If you are contemplating a business marriage, the list of best practices presented will help you avoid becoming "hitched" to the wrong partner.

About the Author

A certified merger and acquisition advisor, Barnaba is not the typical M&A business consultant. A former HR executive in a Fortune 500 company, she brings a fresh perspective to assessing the risk involved with business integration because she is uniquely focused on the risk created by people who must execute the business strategy. A change management expert with more than 20 years of HR experience, Barnaba is also a regular contributor to the Houston Business Journal.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781478723042
ISBN-10: 1478723041
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Publication Date: May 26th, 2015
Pages: 148
Language: English