Advances in Mergers and Acquisitions, Volume 2 (Advances in by A. Gregory, C. L. Cooper

By A. Gregory, C. L. Cooper

Bringing jointly lecturers from numerous disciplines, those papers combine the disparate yet growing to be physique of literature on mergers and acquisitions. The sequence is released to provide an explanation for and speak about the unsatisfactory results that outcome from many poorly conceived mergers.

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112). Other research has shown that French decision-making is concentrated towards the top of hierarchies (Horowitz, 1978; Hickson & Pugh, 1995). Research by Maurice et al. K. manufacturing firms, found that in France there are usually more levels in the hierarchy. 5 and twice as many supervisors and managers as in German firms. Calori and De Woot (1994) add to this hierarchical characterisation by noting that French companies have a far higher number of organizational levels, and a lower level of participation than German or other northern European countries.

However the subsidiary will continue to operate and present itself to the market much as before acquisition. With higher levels of integration (3–5), the new parent is likely to take over and run centrally whole areas of activity. This is likely to cover strategy, and may involve finance, personnel policy and systems, procurement, product development, IT systems and possibly the whole area of branding and management of the company image. Depending on how strongly the new parent regards the reputation of the subsidiary’s name and trade marks it may or may not decide to continue using them.

Interviewed companies were spread over the whole of the United Kingdom with the Integrating Acquisitions 37 Table 1. Acquirer USA 1 USA 2 USA 3 USA 4 USA 5 USA 6 USA 7 USA 8 USA 9 USA 10 Major MNC (H)* Large Nat’l retailer (L) Major transport co (H) Major MNC (H) Major Int’l consult’y (H) Large Nat’l hi-tech co (L) Major MNC (H) Major MNC (H) Large Nat’l co (H) Large Int’l co (H) USA Acquisitions. Acquiree Acquiree Industry Acquiree Condition Small family co Perfumier 4 local transp’t cos Specialist manuf’r Nat’l IT consult’y Hi-tech defence co National FM co Small Mfg co Specialist Start-Up Small national co Medical implants Cosmetics Courier Automobiles IT consult’y Electronics Facilities Mgt Synthetic fibres Insurance Engineering just profitable losses losses losses profitable profitable profitable just profitable profitable just profitable * International experience: H = High, M = Medium, L = Low; Information gleaned from the interviews.

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