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To Innovate, Mid-Marketers Should Partner With Startups

Dozens of Fortune 500 companies today—ranging from Ford to Google to Nike to Tesco—have been breaking down stereotypical walls and avidly seeking ties with startups and entrepreneurs. In doing so, they are unlocking secrets from their smaller, nimbler counterparts that they can use to grow their businesses.

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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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3 Ways You Can Expand Your Business Into New Areas

More CEOs and business chiefs today are exploring a wider range of opportunities for their companies than they’ve ever considered before. That’s one conclusion of the recently completed 18th Annual Global CEO Survey by PwC. More than half of CEOs surveyed (56%) believe it’s likely that their companies increasingly will compete in new industries over the next three years. Three in 10 entered a new sector or sub-sector in the past three years, and 21% have considered doing so.

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The Pros and Cons of Obama’s Corporate Tax Plan

President Obama and Congressional Republicans could come together around some version of the new plan in his budget bill for overhauling U.S. corporate taxes and linking it to boosting infrastructure spending. But CEOs and independent analysts see plenty of potential complications before any agreement that could significantly address both of these pressing national economic issues.

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