ISBN 9781591394389,Mastering the Merger Four Critical Decisions That Make or Break the Deal

Mastering the Merger Four Critical Decisions That Make or Break the Deal

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Harvard Universal Press

Publication Year 2004

ISBN 9781591394389

ISBN-10 1591394384


Number of Pages 224 Pages
Language (English)

Business strategy

Discipline and Focus Are the Keys to M&A Success

Today's corporate deal makers face a conundrum: Though 70 percent of major acquisitions fail, it's nearly impossible to build a world-class company without doing deals.

In Mastering the Merger, David Harding and Sam Rovit argue that a laserlike focus on just four key imperatives-before executives finalize the deal-can dramatically improve the odds of M&A success. Based on more than thirty years of in-the-trenches work on thousands of deals across a range of industries-and supplemented by extensive Bain & Company research-Harding and Rovit reveal that the best M&A performers channel their efforts into (1) targeting deals that advance the core business; (2) determining which deals to close and when to walk away; (3) identifying where to integrate-and where not to; and (4) developing contingency plans for when deals inevitably stray. Top deal makers also favor a succession of smaller deals over complex "megamergers"-and essentially institutionalize a success formula over time.

Helping executives zero in on what matters most in the complex world of M&A, Mastering the Merger puts forward a blueprint for the decisions and strategies that will beat the odds