Focus on What Matters Most in Integration

A couple of years ago, before joining Third Coast Capital, I was in the thick of due diligence as Corporate Development Director on a major international acquisition project.  At the same time, I was traveling globally to facilitate strategic planning and trying to juggle other acquisition opportunities.  I had a bandwidth problem, so I hired Larry Radowski from Integrated Project Management Company (IPM) to augment my team.  IPM got up speed quickly and delivered on their expertise.

 

Naturally, when approaching this topic I thought of IPM.  I asked Larry what three things he thought were the most critical in any integration project.  His answer: alignment of the acquisition objectives, tradeoffs between operational efficiency and long-term growth, and application of a consistent, proven management process.  I’d like to explore each of these in more detail below.
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