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Developmnt of a Project Management Methodologyfor Supporting Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.).
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 80 credits / 120 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) are strategic tools at disposal of CEOs to accelerate growth and achieve objectives faster, as long as they are successfully implemented. In the last 100 years, plenty of examples both of successful and failed M&A attempts are available in the literature. Professionals in the area agree the best way to conduct M&A is through a project. Conducting a project requires a solid, purpose-build methodology to significantly increase the chances of success. Despite this fact, publicly available management methodologies for M&A projects are rare, as most methodologies are proprietary, thus owned by consulting firms and not openly available. This gap motivates the development of a project management methodology tailored to M&A undertakings. Such methodology is intended to serve both professionals already active in the area as well as beginners willing to get familiar with the fantastic realm of M&A.

This work proposes a methodology based on a framework which presents, in one single picture, all the knowledge areas involved in conducting an M&A project. Besides, the project is split in phases and stages set in a temporal dimension and obeying dependencies to set the sequence in which processes in each knowledge area are applied. Each knowledge area and phases are extensively explained along with real examples to facilitate learning. Phases and stages are also diligently covered.

The result is a simple, yet comprehensive methodology to support the undertaking of M&A projects. It is generic enough to be further developed and tailored to more specific needs. Notwithstanding, it is a great source of knowledge in the area for those interested in having a high-level overview of what M&A are about.

The major implication of this work is delivering a publicly available Project Management methodology tailored for M&A undertakings, serving as a comprehensive overview of what Mergers and Acquisitions are, best practices in the field and how such an undertaking can be successfully carried out. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 153 p.
Examensarbete INDEK, 2012:141
Keyword [en]
Project Management; Mergers & Acquisitions; Corporate Strategy; Marketing; Finance;
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Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-102747OAI: diva2:556304
Subject / course
Industrial Economics and Management
Educational program
Master of Science - Industrial Engineering and Management
2012-06-28, POLIMI, Como - Italy, 22:06 (English)
Available from: 2012-09-25 Created: 2012-09-24 Last updated: 2012-09-25Bibliographically approved

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