reasons for acquisitions 1

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READING:

BOOK:Hitt M.A., Ireland R.D. & Hoskisson R.E. (2016). Strategic Management: Concepts and Cases(12th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage. ISBN:9781305502147

THIS IS A TWO PART PAPER >PART A AND PART B SEPERATED

PART A

Acquisitions, Mergers, and Restructuring

Respond to the following questions using the lessons and vocabulary found in the readings.

This discussion assignment has three parts. You should use brief headings to separate your post into the three sections.

In the first section, do some research to identify an organization that has recently experienced acquisition, merger, or restructuring as discussed in the course materials. Briefly describe the action (e.g., acquisition, merger, restructuring) including an evaluation of why it occurred and the outcome (e.g., is it working? Is it accomplishing what was expected?). This first section only needs to be one or two paragraphs.

For the second section, select one of the following bullet point topics. If someone has already posted on one of the bullet points, select another one until all the bullet points are used so that we can discuss several different relevant topics. Once all the bullet points have been addressed, then you may begin to reuse the bullet points with the expectation that varied responses continue. The second section of your post only needs to be one or two paragraphs.

Of the many reasons discussed in your readings for making acquisitions, the rationale that may be the strongest is that acquisitions allow firms to capture new capabilities. From among the other reasons for making an acquisition listed in the readings, choose the one that you think provides the strongest rationale for making an acquisition. Defend your choice with research and provide appropriate examples.

Similar to the previous bullet point, choose a reason for making an acquisition that you think provides the weakest rationale. Defend your choice with research and provide appropriate examples.

As noted in the course lecture, mergers and acquisitions are similar strategic moves. Evaluate some of the reasons that an organization might choose one option (merger or acquisition) over the other. Defend your reasons with research and provide appropriate examples.

Evaluate when restructuring can be seen as a positive business strategic move. In your response, be sure to analyze how shareholder value is created through restructuring. Defend your reasons with research and provide appropriate examples.

The final section or paragraph (three or four sentences) of your initial post should summarize the one or two key points that you are making in your initial response.

Your posting should be the equivalent of 1 to 2 single-spaced pages (500–1000 words) in length.

PART B

Course Project Task 2

Begin your paper by identifying two of GE’s recent acquisitions and summarizing the key details of each.

Next, address the following two topics with respect to each acquisition:

Which of the reasons (if any) for acquisitions discussed in this week’s readings was used as the logic by GE in justifying the acquisition? Explain your answer and support it with research, rationale, and appropriate examples.

Which of the sources of integration difficulties discussed in this week’s readings seem to be of concern in this acquisition?

Explain your answer and support it with research, rationale, and appropriate examples.

Finally, summarize two or three important take-aways from your research into GE’s acquisitions. In essence, what did you learn and what strategic development and implementation lessons might you apply?

Submission Details:

Present your analysis as a 3–4-page report in a Microsoft Word document formatted in APA style.

Support your responses with examples. Cite any sources in APA format.

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