Developing a PMO Methodology for Mergers & Acquisitions

May 8, 2022

People have been following the Elon Musk/Twitter saga online and in the news for weeks now, waiting to see if the multi-billion-dollar purchase will actually happen. In truth, however, closing the deal is just the beginning. Integrating mergers & acquisitions can take months, if not years, and more than half of these ventures end in failure. What, then, are the necessary features of a PMO methodology that can deliver a successful merger & acquisition? 

Developing a Successful PMO Methodology for Mergers & Acquisitions

1. Prioritize Culture & Human Resources

People drive any business. Each merging company’s staff will be accustomed to a particular structure, management style, and protocols, and, once the merger occurs, staffing redundancies will arise. These factors can create uncertainty and tension, causing poor performance until resolved. In addition, some employees will immediately resign, while others may lose motivation if they were well compensated in the merger or reassigned. It’s imperative to quickly establish a new culture and address staffing issues to begin a successful transition. 

2. Identify Areas Where Support is Required for a Successful Merger & Acquisition

Support is often necessary to successfully integrate two companies. It’s important to remember that executives at either merging company are unlikely to have experience managing an entity as large as the newly formed organization. Nor is top or middle-management. Hiring an experienced, outside project management team can help bring everyone up to speed while establishing new, company-wide protocols for critical day-to-day operations. In addition, such a team represents a neutral third party mediating between two potentially adversarial groups.

3. Identify Special Needs

In the main, most mergers and acquisitions are like any other, allowing an experienced project management team to develop a basic plan. However, there are bound to be unique situations created by the merger. Identifying these and designing solutions to deal with them improves the likelihood of successful integration. Beyond the merger’s intended goals, special attention should be paid to maintaining workforce morale and customer goodwill.

4. Establish an Effective Project Management Framework and a Master Plan

Successful integrations require an appropriate hierarchy. An executive committee typically oversees merger projects. Its responsibility is to address all details of the merger. If the committee is not chaired by the highest-ranking executive in the new company, the chair should report directly to them. Smaller teams can be formed under the purview of the overarching project management team to handle the unique needs within individual departments or more challenging obstacles to the merger.

5. Monitor and Document Progress

Like any project, integration should be measured in terms of time and cost. It should have a firm budget but also the flexibility to adapt to unforeseen changes and make necessary corrective measures. Reports should be in real time so that the senior committee and the new company’s board are constantly aware of the progress and updated timeline for full integration.

In addition to successfully managing the merger of two companies into one, a clear, focused integration plan that utilizes the new entity’s full resources can also present new, lucrative opportunities not anticipated in the original merger proposal. Learn more about how your merger can benefit from a robust project management methodology. Book an introductory call with Project Genesis now.

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