Businesses across markets and of all sizes may choose to join forces with other companies at some point. This may happen via an equitable merger or via a full purchase and acquisition of one company by another.

Entrepreneurs and management teams should understand how to assess when a merger or an acquisition may benefit their organization and when it may not.

Potential benefits of a merger or an acquisition

As explained by Inc. magazine, getting a new venture off the ground and to a point of success or profitability requires more than many people may understand. Even the best product or service portfolio may fail to gain the desired traction. This may happen if an organization lacks the inroads to turn interest into sales for whatever reason. In these situations, merging with a company already established in the market may well open the doors to remove the roadblocks to success.

Warning signs for a merger or an acquisition

According to ChiefExecutive.net, clashing corporate cultures contribute to many a failed merger or acquisition. For this reason, business leadership teams should honestly assess their culture and the culture of any entity with whom they consider teaming up with before solidifying a deal. When cultures are too disparate, the opportunity for success after a merger or an acquisition diminishes greatly.

Similarly, when one company considers a merger or an acquisition as a way to address internal culture or other issues, company leaders should reconsider. Taking over another company’s problems may not solve them and may actually only create new problems of an even greater scale.