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Where is HR?

Positioning Human Resources as a strategic due diligence partner


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The days leading up to a merger and acquisition (M&A) deal are intense. The due diligence team is focused on scrutinizing financials, negotiating terms and plotting strategies. One of the biggest risk areas — Human Resources (HR) — is often reduced to a number-crunching exercise focused on identifying potential financial risks and synergy opportunities.

But the financial risks related to an organization’s people are the tip of the iceberg. While more difficult to quantify, factoring in people-related risks and providing a successful approach is critical to succeed in these areas:

  • Structural risks
  • Talent risks
  • Cultural risks

It is important to understand that oversimplifying people-related risks can lead to inaccurate integration planning scenarios, poor synergy predictions, unexpected costs and loss of critical talent.

Download the attached article to learn more.

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  • Leading Through Transition
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  • Making the Deal Work Series
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  • Human Capital
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