Mergers & acquisitions are a major strategy for corporate growth. Yet, they are an inherently risky undertaking for any business leader. Research studies indicate that up to 70% of such deals fail to meet stated objectives, and of those, 50% will destroy shareholder value.
A number of the “softer” or human capital areas, such as cultural differences and poor communications are often held accountable for acquirer’s less-than-stellar M&A success track record. However, new research quantifies the reality that leadership is a foundational element that determines M&A success.
Seminal research, published by Dr. J. Keith Dunbar in a recent issue of Harvard Business Review (“The Leaders Who Make M&A Work” ) has shed light on the specific set of leadership skills to predict M&A success—for targets and acquirers. This research—for the first time quantified the impact of collective leadership on the ability for a particular M&A to succeed…or fail.
Join us for a new webinar led by guest presenter Dr. Dunbar on April 16. In this informative and interactive session, Dr. Dunbar will delve into this groundbreaking research and explain why leadership—specifically collective leadership capability—is critical to acquisitions and must be explored during due diligence and integration for deal success.
After this webinar you will learn:
- The role of leadership in successful M&A from a new, research-based perspective
- Leadership skills that predict M&A success for both acquirers and target companies, and their impact on financial performance
- Why companies should adopt this new methodology during M&A due diligence
- Application of M&A Leadership Framework and M&A Leadership Risk Assessment to due diligence and integration in M&A
Date: April 16, 2015
Time: 1:00 PM ET
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CPE credit available.
About the Presenter
Dr. Dunbar serves as Director of Talent Management at Leidos, supporting more than 23,000 employees. Prior to this role, he was Director of the Leadership Academy and Global Learning Solutions Group with the Defense Intelligence Agency. Dr. Dunbar retired from the U.S. Navy in 2006 after a celebrated 21-year career in naval intelligence. He received his Doctorate of Education from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013.