Looking back at my own resume, three of my previous employers do not exist independently anymore. They were involved in either a merger or acquisition. Frequently, these two different business terms are used together and abbreviated to M & A. But legally, they are different transactions.
Whatever they are called, when deals like these are struck or even anticipated, the organizational communicator’s skills are much needed. But all too often, communicators are not included in the management process. That’s wrong, because in my experience, strategic communication is crucial to the success of the venture.
What are your thoughts on the proper role and activities of organizational communication in M&A?