Enabling PMI: Building Capabilities for Effective Integration

Acquisitions too often fall short of their promised payoffs, and a frequent culprit is inadequate integration. Execution falters as people struggle under time pressures and lose sight of priorities. By investing in the underlying integration capabilities, companies can bring discipline and focus to their efforts to capture value from deals.

Executing Change: Beyond the PMO

Today’s business environment often demands complex, high-risk change efforts such as aggressive cost reduction, ambitious revenue enhancement, or bet-the-future turnaround programs. But the traditional project management office (PMO) is better suited to running departmental projects on time and on budget than to managing complex, interconnected, cross-enterprise efforts. What’s needed is an SIO—a strategic initiative office that focuses on organizational alignment and value delivery. The authors … [ Read more ]

Trends in Postmerger Integration V: Cross-Border PMI

Cross-border mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are on the increase in virtually every sector across the globe. Although such transactions offer significant advantages, they also pose several postmerger integration (PMI) challenges, ranging from difficulties in obtaining reliable, accurate information about a target to cultural, political, and regulatory hurdles. This Focus discusses five major challenges and suggests various solutions, drawing on the experiences of companies that have … [ Read more ]