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How to Squeeze New Earnings From Old Acquisitions

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A growing body of research has shown that 50% to 90% of acquisitions fail to pay off for acquirers. This means that traditional integration methods are not working. There are many reasons an acquisition might fail, but two recurring mistakes are the order and the depth at which the integration is tackled.

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Creating Smart Splits: 3 Tips for Managing Your Talent During a Divestiture

As CEOs reassess their portfolios due to heightened competition, divestitures are playing a more important role in corporate strategy. In particular, there was an exceptional increase in high-profile announcements in the U.S. technology sector in 2014. The total value of first-half 2014 transactions jumped 62% over the value of transactions in the first six months of 2013. Mega-deals accounted for more than 35% of total first-half 2014 deal value, including five deals worth more than $43 billion each—a level of activity not witnessed since before the financial crisis.

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