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Global Acquisitions

Strategic Integration and the Human Factor

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Acquisitions in Perspective

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Value Destruction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-25
    2. Stan Lees
      Pages 27-44
    3. Stan Lees
      Pages 45-65
    4. Stan Lees
      Pages 66-80
  4. Integration Strategy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. Stan Lees
      Pages 83-89
    3. Stan Lees
      Pages 90-94
    4. Stan Lees
      Pages 95-108
    5. Stan Lees
      Pages 109-113
    6. Stan Lees
      Pages 114-137
  5. Human Resources

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Stan Lees
      Pages 141-150
    3. Stan Lees
      Pages 151-168
    4. Stan Lees
      Pages 169-184
  6. Culture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
    2. Stan Lees
      Pages 187-195

About this book


Mergers and acquisitions are about rapid growth. They can also be one of the main ways of destroying shareholder value. This book challenges almost every popular assumption about how to manage mergers and acquisitions. It draws upon a wealth of theory and practice to provide the essential strategic frameworks for integrating mergers, acquisitions and other collaborative ventures at a global level. It shows that the human factor is at the centre of a successful acquisition strategy.


Due Diligence Manager merger Shareholder Value strategy

About the authors

STAN LEES is an independent lecturer and consultant who has been investigating merger failure for nearly 20 years. He was co-author of the pioneering study: Acquisitions - The Human Factor in 1987. Recent research interests have extended into acquisition and joint-venture problems in CIS (former Soviet) countries and the Far East.
He has held positions at leading UK management schools in the field of HR strategy and organisational change; he holds a Ph.D. from London Business School; and regularly runs executive programmes on merger integration in the UK and mainland Europe.

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
Chemical Manufacturing
Finance, Business & Banking
Consumer Packaged Goods


'...a very confident, quietly authoritative book...Theory, application and practical value intertwine into a consistent whole...which tells me: this guy knows his stuff. He has been there. He knows what is involved...and what questions should be asked. Anyone involved with post acquisition integration will gain hugely from reading this book.' - John W. Hunt, Emeritus Professor of Organisational Behaviour, London Business School