Why Companies Are Using M&A to Transform Themselves, Not Just to Grow

Harvard Business

The current cohort of acquisitions goes well beyond the typical defensive, synergy-driven, horizontal integration that marked previous M&A spurts. Technology, manufacturing, research and development, or human know-how – whatever the capability, acquisitions are a way to acquire it. However, back-office functions might be integrated. No operational integration is necessary. Joe Beck/Unsplash/HBR Staff.

A Board Director's Perspective on What IT Has to Get Right

Harvard Business Review

P&G''s Connect and Develop ) to increase velocity and quality of their new product introductions, the IT infrastructure support for this business process change is critical. A new component of the IT function must be developed to support this category of work: the Distributed Innovation Group (DIG). The biggest opportunities for these companies are simplification and horizontal integration projects.

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