Successful Mergers, Acquisitions and Strategic Alliances: How to Bridge Corporate Cultures

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Based on 18 years' experience consulting with major Fortune 500 companies, this book provides a model for senior executives and their advisors to understand, analyze and act on cultural differences, even in the case of an alliance between two companies from the same country and the same sector. This book aims to help readers: set out a strategy for their change / integration process; significantly reduce the change / integration cycle time; better manage the emotional dimension of such events thus reducing the number of internal conflicts; reassure key people more rapidly and thus help keep the best talent inside the company. Key features of the book include: four in-depth case studies including data on international alliances; text based on interviews with senior executives across Europe, America and South East Asia; many examples and anecdotes; and examples of conclusions drawn from diagnostic exercises, showing how these can rapidly translate into operational choices and decisions.

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This book fills a gap in mass-market international business literature. An easy read, practically-orientated, and not lost in theoretical jargon. -- Reviewed by Patricia Lane, Journal of International Business Studies, October 2002

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All three authors work for ICM, an international management consulting firm based in Paris which focuses on managing cultural differences and change. Irene Rodgers - has been a guest speaker at Harvard Business School, Management Centre Europe, and Conference Centre Hong Kong, on the subject of bi-cultural audits in post-merger integration. Charles Gancel -is a co-founder and Managing Partner of ICM. He has worked with companies in Europe, North America and Russia. His clients include IBM, Alcan, Cables Pirelli, Chronopost, Union Chimique Belge, Matra Airbus, Exxon Chemical and the EC. Marc Raynaud -Managing Partner ICM, has worked in depth with companies in France, Sweden, Greece, England, the United States, Canada and Japan. His clients include Volvo, Renault, Air France, Delta, Electricite de France, Gaz de France, BSN, Hewlett Packard, France Telecom, Norsk Hydro, Valeo, and Thomson Broadcast. The authors have published articles in Personnel - ANDCP, Communication World, Journal of Management Development, Executive Development and a range of French newspapers/ journals e.g. Les Echos, La Tribune, Classe Export and L'Expansion Management Review They are based in France, with offices in China and US

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