Richard Dirstein, Executive VP, Design & Innovation at Shikatani Lacroix, presented at SuperInvestor 2015 in San Francisco. The presentation "Is everyone rowing in the same direction?" discussed the ten factors that drive value through brand & culture coherence post M&A.
For investors, mergers and acquisitions provide an inherent opportunity as well as a risk. The cultural value of the organization and its alignment around a single value proposition represents the key factor, and a lack of alignment results in loss of capabilities and a higher level of risk.