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International Journal of Economics, Finance and Management


Mergers and Acquisitions: Post- Merger and Acquisition Integration Strategies

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Author Godfred Yaw Koi-Akrofi
ISSN 2307-2466
On Pages 49-56
Volume No. 5
Issue No. 2
Issue Date July 01, 2016
Publishing Date July 01, 2016
Keywords merger, acquisition, integration, process, strategies, compatibility, complementarity.



Abstract

Post-merger and acquisition integration era is the period where planned and thought through, as well as contingent strategies are deployed with the aim of achieving the motive/s for the merger or acquisition. This is the make or break stage of the whole merger and acquisition process. The study was basically a review of literature on the various strategies that are employed at this stage of the merger and acquisition process. It was aimed at finding the strategies that are most appropriate for all situations. At the end of the day, it was concluded that no one strategy stands tall, and that the appropriate strategy depends on a number of factors such as type of the deal, cultural differences, sizes of the firms involved, human resources available, motive/s for the merger/acquisition, environmental/industry uncertainties, competition, profits envisaged, complementarity, compatibility, and so on. It was also concluded that success at the end of the day will in most of the time depend on getting it right from the beginning, as well as getting the “people thing” or “human factor” right, as is one of the major causes of merger and acquisition failure.


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