Here’s a great quote that The Merger Verger came across the other day. It should warm the cockles (whatever they are) of every integration manager’s heart:
Perhaps most important in the overall scheme of things, companies that beat the odds in M&A are prepared to walk away from a bad deal. They insist on high-level approval of deals and often use the compensation system to encourage executives to ward off ill-considered acquisitions … They also set a walk-away price.
This last step is crucial. Consider a finding from a recent Bain survey of 250 executives. Respondents cited “allowing politics of emotions to interfere with decision-making” as the greatest due-diligence challenge. Successful corporate buyers excel at resisting risky deals.
Source: Rovit, Sam, David Harding and Catherine Lemire. Strategy & Leadership, vol. 32, no. 5, 2004, pp 18-24.
“Successful corporate buyers excel at resisting risky deals.” Ye Olde Merger Verger could not have said it better himself.