Post-Merger Integration Articles

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Step 1: Define M&A Integration Strategy and Guiding Principles

Step 2: Determine M&A Integration Governance

Step 4: Provide Post Merger Integration Training

HR's role in M&A
Role of HR During Mergers and Acquisitions
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Three things that are guaranteed to give HR a better seat at the table:

  • Preemptively prepare for M&A. Anticipate. Provide in-depth training for HR staff on the fundamentals of due diligence, merger integration strategy, how to reconcile culture differences, etc. Ensure that the HR Team is very sophisticated on merger dynamics and positioned to serve as a merger-savvy resource to people in other functions.
  • Rethink HR's conventional wisdom on how success should be measured. HR is the guardian of workforce issues such as morale, trust, job satisfaction, stress levels, and employee loyalty, but those metrics will take wicked turns for the worse during a merger. Success is better measured by tracking productivity, quality, market share, customer satisfaction, and– above all– profitability. This is highly counterintuitive for HR people, but these are the critical markers for the integration process...
What are the Steps in the Post-Merger integration Process?
What are the Steps in the Post-Merger Integration Process?
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The 11 steps to follow when integrating two organizations:

 

  1. Define Integration Strategy and Guiding Principles
    Facilitate executive session with senior leaders to determine planning direction and clarify integration goals, assumptions, non-negotiables, success metrics, and vision.
     
  2. Determine M&A Integration Governance
    Define the hierarchy, structure, roles, and resources for the integration project.
     
  3. Conduct Integration Management Office (IMO) Meeting
    Plan and facilitate an IMO kickoff event to formally commence the integration process and officially onboard integration teams by reviewing pre-planning input, rules of engagement, objectives, and methodology.

Step 5: Develop Post Merger Integration Risk Management Plan

Step 6: Develop Post Merger Integration Culture Plans

Step 7: Develop Post Merger Integration Communication Plans

Expect These M&A Questions
Expect These M&A Questions
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The deal will create numerous questions in the minds of stakeholders. By anticipating their concerns in advance, you’ll be better prepared to address them. We have compiled lists from our M&A integration consulting projects of the most common questions asked by:

  • Employees
  • Customers
  • Vendors/Suppliers
  • Community
  • Media

Common Employee Questions

We refer to the first ten questions on the list as “me issues”  because they are focused on the most common personal concerns of employees. Until these “me issues” are resolved, people are …
 

Step 8: Develop Post Merger Staffing & Retention Plans

Step 9: Develop M&A Project Integration Plans

Step 10: Execute Acquisition Integration Plans (Includes Day 1 Plans)

Step 11: Capture M&A Integration Lessons Learned