[A] Enterprise Strategy | 20 Nov 2021

Organising and leading M&A projects


M&A projects comprise all activities necessary to execute a transaction in which companies merge or another company is acquired. M&A deals have become an important strategic option for companies, although the risk of failure is high, as empirical evidence shows. The efficient management of an M&A project proves to be one of the key success factors for such transactions. Surprisingly this factor is neglected in most academic texts and empirical studies concerning the success of M&A. Based on the differentiation of three main phases of an M&A deal the paper derives recommendations for an explicit M&A project management approach. The structuring of the project, the selection of staff and the assignment of responsibilities are identified as the most important issues. Thus a process-oriented model for successfully managing M&A projects is developed. The model may be used as a reference for managing projects similar in complexity and content to M&A deals.

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Keywords: Managing projects; Processes and procedures; Organisation resources; Organisation design

The Idea

The powerful CUBE platform is used during all three of the M&A phases and by using the CUBE Approach to model and depict both enterprises engaged in the M&A one could visualise two CUBEs (i.e., two digital twin copies for enterprise A & B) to be understood, integrated and solved post merger or acquisition.

The Outcome

  • Holistic understanding and deep knowledge of both enterprises in rapid time
  • Efficiency in both pre and post merger project activities
  • Deep understanding of effort required to integrate or create synergies between the enterprises
  • Faster realisation of business value post merger due to robustness of enterprise transformation activities
  • Entrenched knowledge management enabled on cloud de-risking the overall investment


Andreas de Boer