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Merger and Acquisition
A discussion on the impact of mergers on organizations and organizational cultures, specifically in the case of the Sears-Kmart merger.
# 101555 | 2,496 words | 11 sources | APA | 2008 | US
Published on Feb 27, 2008 in Business (Companies) , Business (Applied Operations)

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This article discusses mergers and acquisitions relative to their impact or effect on organizations and organizational cultures. It describes the need for organizational leaders to devise an effective strategy for mitigating the negative effects that mergers or acquisitions have on one or both organizations prior to the combination, as well as the effect on the resulting single organizational entity. The paper presents the case of the merger between Sears and Kmart and relates its discussions to that merger.

Table of Contents:
Merger and Acquisition: Combination Cultures in Combined Organizations
Product Life Cycles and M&A
Organizational Complexities
Sears-Kmart Merger

From the Paper:

"With its long history and many mall anchor locations, Sears, prior to the merger, was increasingly suffering from a drop in traffic and had already been experimenting with off-mall locations, such as the Sears Grand concept: "Several hundred premium Kmart stores...will be converted to stand-alone Sears stores. Sears has been interested in locating stores away from its traditional mall sites and moving closer to customers" (Smith, 2004, para.9). Clearly, Sears' leadership, even prior to the merger, recognized that its department store format and business model was, while perhaps not dead, not particularly relevant in a global economy that had changed the way the retail industry transacted business."

Sample of Sources Used:

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