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Joining Forces: Making One Plus One Equal Three in Mergers, Acquisitions, and Alliances by Philip H. Mirvis, Mitchell Lee Marks

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Part IV. The Postcombination Phase

The postcombination phase commences with executives in place and charged with putting their own stamp on the new organization and culture. This is when the new organization structure takes on life, cultural norms develop, work teams form, and people dive into their responsibilities—but seldom in unison. No sharp line divides the combination and postcombination phases in a deal. Often, because of their smaller size or lesser complexity, some areas begin to mesh while others are still in limbo. We've observed common problems that regularly arise in this phase:

  • Renewed Merger Syndrome. People can experience a renewed surge of stress. Up to this point, many worried about their job security. Now they have to worry ...

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