We know that organizations undergoing a merger or acquisition can have amplified value at a much faster pace than expected. Our approach starts by ensuring the “what” and the “how” of M+A integration are equally prioritized from day one. This dual focus puts front-and-center the deep relationship between the integration of culture and the desired business outcome by engaging the diverse many of the organization, those who possess the capability to accelerate real value.
Mergers + Acquisitions that Accelerate Real Value
This creates conditions to surface unheard ideas and involves those underseen employees in the execution of those ideas to achieve breakthrough growth at unprecedented speeds. Kotter works with visionary leaders spanning diverse industries to mobilize their greatest asset, their people, to drive meaningful change.
M+A Integration Focus Areas
We work with our clients to accelerate the realization of their M+A Integration goals including:
Featured Resources + Insights
Beyond the Dress Code: The Outgrowth of Culture in an Organization
On this episode of M&A Masters, we sit down with Laurin Parthemos to talk about culture. Laurin is a Principal at Kotter, a company named after Dr. John Kotter, the world’s foremost change expert. Kotter’s approach to merger & acquisition integration focuses on culture and people first.
Are Amazon and Whole Foods Already Tripping Over Each Other?
If you have a smartphone or computer, it’s been nearly impossible to miss the news that Amazon is set to acquire Whole Foods for $13.7 billion. Thinking back, it has been a while since the announcement of a major acquisition has generated this much buzz.
Focusing on integrating people and culture – from Day 0
Expanding beyond systems and processes, conducting cultural due diligence to assess the fit of the legacy organizations, identifying non-negotiables of each culture, and engineering out recognized risk factors.
Accelerating speed-to-value realization
Engineering early opportunities for the pursuit of fast-paced, collaborative cost and growth synergies while identifying and removing barriers that may slow integration.
Involving as many people as possible
Defining a clear and inspiring end-state
Aligning leaders around a case for change that articulates why the combined organizations will create greater value: what the combined entity will be able to do that the disparate entities could not, why now is the optimal time to integrate, and what success will look like post-merger.
Identifying and amplifying wins
Ensuring the integration strategy makes space for the celebration of early successes – tied to both culture and value initiatives – creating momentum for the new unified organization to accelerate value realization.
Enabling the desired ways of working
Bringing the compelling future-state into action starts with leadership alignment around desired behaviors and actions, role modeling these new cultural traits, and aligning formal structures to the desired integration outcome.
Areas of Expertise
While not an all-inclusive list, the strategies below represent the most common situations our clients face.