The HR Guide to European Mergers and Acquisitions

Authors: James F. Klein, Robert-Charles Kahn
Year: 2003
Publisher: Gower Publishing
ISBN: 978-1119331919
Available in our e-library on M&A

News of a merger or acquisition is a big event in the life of a company, which stirs uncertainty, anxiety and fear. The changes, redundancies and so on, that often follow this news, are a further source of turmoil for the employees of both companies involved. There is no magic formula to avoid these effects completely. However, good planning, communication and human resource practice can mitigate the worst of them; keep everyone that matters on board; and ensure that the new organization maintains your reputation for sensitive people management. Get it wrong, on the other hand, and you may lose the very people you were most anxious to keep; put the success of the process at risk and even face employment tribunals or other legal proceedings. In addition, imagine how these processes are complicated by any transnational elements. James F. Klein and Robert-Charles Kahn provide a practical, hands-on guide to successfully integrating HR functions following any merger or acquisition within Europe. The book guides you step by step, providing the methodology, tools, sequence of events and necessary material. It includes comparative tables, tips and stories illustrating the differences, specific issues and pitfalls that are particular to the different European countries. 20 years of human resources experience across companies in continental Europe has gone into creating this blueprint to successfully implementing the people side of successful mergers and acquisitions.

Table of Contents

Introduction

The early stages

Setting up an integration plan

The transition period

Analysis and comparison of benefits

Human Resource Management Information Systems tools and data

Designing retention programmes

The integration stage

Manpower planning assessments and redundancies

Assessment programmes

Redundancy strategy and guidelines

Finalizing transfers and integration

Appendix 1

Index

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