Integration is not just about combining processes and systems. It is about bridging cultures and creating a shared identity. However, integrating two organizations can be complex, especially when it comes to managing major cultural differences.
In this episode of the M&A Science Podcast, we explore key strategies for effectively balancing culture during an integration, featuring Mark Rayfield, CEO of Saint-Gobain North America and CertainTeed.
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05:50 Culture in M&A
09:59 Acquiring a competitor
11:18 Team Alignment
13:24 Understanding culture
15:45 Difficulties of Culture
16:52 Improving decision-making
18:55 Challenges for smaller companies
20:37 Lessons learned from acquisitions
24:58 Establishing strong communication
27:14 Advice on Integration
31:08 Retaining lessons learned
32:49 Ensuring deal value
34:40 Governance and M&A activities
37:20 Success metrics
38:59 Messaging with key investors
40:20 Non-core acquisitions
41:19 Cultural aspect of non-core acquisition
43:02 Craziest thing in M&A