Survival of the fittest

Corporate mergers are a common occurrence in today's global marketplace: Such activities enable companies to expand their operations, increase their services, and improve their competitiveness. But for those working in the acquired companies, mergers often translate into a crisis: Employees see jobs loss and years wasted. This article discusses how the employees of merged companies can shift their view of mergers, from that of crisis to that of opportunity. In doing so, it explains how one project manager approached the aftermath of his organization's acquisition by a larger company, an approach that not only enabled him to find a new job in the acquiring company but also a position with more authority and responsibility, an approach that many of his co-workers--who did lose their jobs--did not follow. It describes how professionals can fit themselves into the culture of a new organization. It also identifies the concerns that managers working for the acquired company and those working for the acquiring compa
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