Today's Best Companies are Horizontally Integrated

Harvard Business Review

In big companies, management teams focus on achieving the right level of vertical integration. Today, your management team should be giving more thought to horizontal integration. Customers' expectations have been raised by the handful of sellers, such as Amazon, Virgin Atlantic, and Apple, that manage to provide integrated experiences that are so distinctive and pervasive as to be branded—that is, uniquely associated with their names.

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. Though recent acquisitions may seem idiosyncratic, they all have in common the need to find new avenues for growth in mature markets or deal with accelerating change. Market breakthroughs. It can take years to build distribution networks or gain a foothold in a particular market. Joe Beck/Unsplash/HBR Staff.

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

Harvard Business Review

online idea markets), the center of expertise for innovation support, and analysis across the enterprise. The biggest opportunities for these companies are simplification and horizontal integration projects. A second new component of the IT function should be dedicated to this category of work: the Enterprise Integration Group (EIG).

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