Can we have successful happy mergers and acquisitions?

Can we have successful happy mergers and acquisitions?

According to research and popular press, mergers and acquisitions often are done by hubristic, even narcissistic, CEOs who are primarily motivated by building empires for their own benefit. Richly described examples can be found in numerous bestsellers, such as Burrough & Helyar’s Barbarians at the Gate, and Smit’s The Prey (De Prooi). As a result, mergers and acquisitions may be doing more harm than good for the health of employees, companies, and other stakeholders. This workshop will focus on understanding happy mergers and acquisitions:

  • Which executives make mergers and acquisitions that make many stakeholders happy?
  • How can mergers and acquisitions be about community building, rather than empire building?
  • Can society help make happier mergers, and can mergers help make a happier society?