Post-Merger Integration Mistakes

  1. Little or No Pre-Close Planning:
    When planning does not start before close, an integration starts more slowly and takes longer.
  2. Unclear Integration Strategy:
    Acquirers should define a clear integration strategy early and before their teams begin to develop plans.
  3. Poor Prioritization:
    Without effective prioritization, high-payback activities receive too little attention.
  4. Slow Organizational Planning:
    Slow decision making on organizational design leaves employees in limbo and damages productivity and morale.
  5. Inadequate Communication Planning:
    Communication is usually the worst managed aspect of integrations. People are often left out of the loop or receive mixed messages.

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