The Synergy Trap

The Synergy Trap

Number of page: 304
Author: Mark L. Sirower
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
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Category: Business & Economics

With acquisition activity running into the trillions of dollars, the acquisition alternative continues to be the favorite corporate growth strategy of this generation’s executives. Unfortunately, creating shareholder value remains the most elusive outcome of these corporate strategies. After decades of research and billions of dollars paid in advisory fees, why do these major decisions continue to destroy value Building on his groundbreaking research first cited in Business Week, Mark L. Sirower explains how companies often pay too much — and predictably never realize the promises of increased performance and competitiveness — in their quest to acquire other companies. Armed with extensive evidence, Sirower destroys the popular notion that the acquisition premium represents potential value. He provides the first formal and functional definition for synergy — the specific increases in performance beyond those already expected for companies to achieve independently. Sirower’s refreshing nuts-and-bolts analysis of the fundamentals behind acquisition performance cuts sharply through the existing folklore surrounding failed acquisitions, such as lack of