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Absorbing Strategic Capabilities Gained Through Mergers and Acquisitions

Title Author(s) Type Topic(s) Comments Date
Absorbing Strategic Capabilities Gained Through Mergers and AcquisitionsAmiryany, Nima
Ross, Jeanne W.
Research BriefingMergers and Acquisitions02013-01-17
Abstract: Mergers and acquisitions aimed at gaining access to new strategic capabilities are occurring more frequently in the high-technology industry. Yet many of them fail. The same reason firms acquire strategic capabilities—because they are hard to imitate or grow—makes absorbing those capabilities difficult post-acquisition. In this briefing, we present a case study on how a company nearly lost—and then learned to capitalize on—the strategic capabilities it sought through an acquisition. We provide basic imperatives for successfully absorbing capabilities post-acquisition.

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