Publications

  • Delivering M&A Benefits

    March 13, 2015 | CEO Forum

    The open secret about M&A is that most deals fail to generate the synergies companies expect when they announce a merger.

  • Overcoming Synergy Odds in a Merger

    February 28, 2015 | Jakarta Post

    Most merging companies entering a deal do not have a clear understanding of the level of synergies they can expect through increased scale. In a Bain & Company survey of 352 global executives, overestimating synergies was the second most common reason for disappointing deal outcomes.

  • Sometimes Companies Need to Break Up Too

    February 25, 2015 | The Edge Markets

    The big question for boards and CEOs pondering a corporate separation is, "Does the breakup succeed in creating shareholder value?" The answer is, "sometimes."

  • Sometimes, Firms Need to Break Up Too

    February 05, 2015 | The Business Times

    The big question for boards and CEOs pondering a corporate separation is, "Does the breakup succeed in creating shareholder value?" The answer is, "sometimes."

  • Overcoming synergy odds in an M&A deal

    January 29, 2015 | The Business Times (Singapore)

    Most merging companies entering a deal do not have a clear understanding of the level of synergies they can expect through increased scale. In a Bain & Company survey of 352 global executives, overestimating synergies was the second most common reason for disappointing deal outcomes.

  • How Merging Companies Can Beat the Synergy Odds

    January 09, 2015 | Forbes.com

    The open secret about M&A is that most deals fail to generate the synergies companies expect when they announce a merger. But the best companies justify higher targets and provide a roadmap for achieving them.

  • Surviving (and Thriving from) a Breakup

    January 06, 2015 | CFO.com

    Separations can potentially deliver high returns, but they require CEOs and boards to thoroughly understand the most important contributors to success and to take a measured approach to spin-offs, even in the face of external pressures from investors.

  • Theme Park U: The problem with American universities

    December 18, 2014 | Forbes.com

    Universities have major financial problems that are driving up the cost of tuition, partially because of increased spending on amenities over academics. Even as schools have tightly managed teaching budgets, spending in other areas such as facilities, administration and “student services” continues

  • Getting divas to ditch their egos and work together

    November 25, 2014 | LinkedIn

    When the stakes are high, putting the best people on the job can multiply productivity and performance advantages, as well as spur creativity.

  • How electricity generators can jolt profits back to life

    November 14, 2014 | Forbes.com

    Executives can increase margins from electricity generation, even if demand is leveling off. Here are three things utilities can do to make their power generation operations more profitable.