India is increasingly becoming an influential M&A market with its Merger and Acquisition activity reaching $64.5 billion* last year, comprising 8.8 per cent of the overall Asia-Pacific deals and highest since 2007.
With the understandable focus on the financial potential of an M&A deal, people risks are often unseen and, at times, under-appreciated.
It presents a promising opportunity for HR leaders to make an impact. The right levels of HR involvement can reduce costs and ensure cultural and organizational integration runs smoothly. If the human element is neglected, however, not only can initial costs increase, but the strategic intentions of the deal could also fail to materialize.
Research conducted by Aon in India with the top 40 most acquisitive organizations suggests that HR’s contribution is the heaviest during due diligence and integration stages, and that it plays little or no role in the other stages. While an HR due diligence is very often conduc...
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