Managing M&A experience and potential synergies pre-formation

For our MBA course on Alliances, Mergers and Networks we held 12 interviews (of which I did 2) with M&A managers, M&A consultants and founders of acquired firms. This resulted in 6 papers focused on the pre-formation process of acquisitions. My paper looks at the acquisition experience in the pre-formation process and combines theory with methods found during the interviews which experienced firms use to leverage their acquisition experience.  Acquisition experience in the pre-formation process is found to have a positive influence on potential synergy realization and is moderated by target similarity. Based on the 12 interviews a management matrix is developed that can be used to by managers to reap the benefits of acquisition experience.

I really enjoyed the process of the research as preparation for the final master thesis. The field of M&A presented to be a fascinating world! Enjoy the read or skip to the management matrix to find how you can best manage acquisition experience in the pre-formation given your level of current acquisition experience. Continue reading

Skyhook and the future of location data for outdoor advertising

Skyhook Wireless is a software-only location system that quickly determines device location with 10 to 20 meter accuracy. It uses it’s worldwide database of mapped Wi-Fi access points to provide quick and accurate location results where GPS and Cell tower triangulation drop the ball. Shyhook is relatively unknown by customers, but the driving power behind modern location services and included in many mobile devices from big brands.

The battle for location data has started recently with Apple and Google moving into Skyhook’s turf.  Skyhooks seem to be entering some interesting times and is well prepared to defend their turf. Continue reading

The alignment of web 2.0 and social media with business strategy – Thesis Pdf

One year ago I wrote my bachelor thesis on social media and business strategy alignment. This thesis is a literature research and offers a solid theoretical and historical background for the definitions of web 2.0 and social media. I also developed the first steps towards a social media strategy and governance framework.

By publishing my thesis in parts on my blog i received much feedback in the reactions and on twitter. Special thanks to Michiel Hartman for pointing out that the evolution of web 1.0 to 2.0 hasn’t been a linear process.

You can download the ‘The alignment of web 2.0 and social media with business strategy’ (van der Weel, A. T. ,2009) pdf here.

For those who want to read the short summery and conclusions I included them here at the end of the blogpost. I also added the references for those who are interested in finding more academic research papers on social media and business strategy. Continue reading

Business types and approach to use Social Media – Thesis part 4

This is the fourth part of my thesis serie of blogposts. In this part the internal and external approach to the electronic business environment is studied and applied to approach social media. We also take a look at the possible uses of social media based on existing literature. In the end I will make a pdf available of all the blogposts and possibly an updated summery based on the feedback.  So please share your views in the comments!

Internal and external business approach to the electronic environment

The strategic alignment model states that strategy must be addressed in an Internal and external domain. The research that follows on electronic strategies and business types also indicate organizations can have an internal or external focus. Continue reading

Business Strategy and Social Media (IT) alignment – Thesis part 3

In this third part of my bachelor thesis we take a look at IT and business strategy theories. First I’ll explain why internal and social media (and IT) strategy should be formulated in an internal and external domain. And why these need to be aligned together and with the business strategy of the organization. Further I argue why Value Disciplines should be used to form a social media strategy. Please share your views again!

Aligning business and IT strategy

Now that we have definitions of web 2.0 and social media and the importance of them for organizations we continue the research on how organizations can approach these and align them with their organization strategy.

Organizations can adopt an internal or external focus, for their business strategy as well as their IT strategy. This chapter will present evidence Continue reading

Impact of Social Media and Web 2.0 on Organizations – Thesis Part 2

Here is the second part of a serie of blogposts where I present the research and findings of my Social Media & Business thesis. Again I hope you comment and share your views. In the end I will make a pdf available and we might even have updated sections based on the comments!

Internal enterprise use of social media.

The social aspects of social media that allow the collecting and sharing of collective intelligence among the social media platforms users can be used by organizations to internally collect, retain and share information. The web 2.0 structure and technologies can also be used for easier communication and collaboration in organizations.

Brzozowski et al. (2009) write about the internal use of social media at Hewlett-Packard (HP). Social media provides a free broadcast platform that allows authors to circumvent traditional organizational hierarchies and reach organizationally distant readers. Continue reading