Gartner Research

Supply Chain M&A Phase 1: Strategy and Preparation Best Practices

Published: 12 November 2015

ID: G00292839

Analyst(s): Jan Kohler


Increasing merger and acquisition activity is pushing CSCOs and supply chain strategy leads to actively participate in M&A strategy development and perform critical preparation steps early in the deal life cycle. Prepare for success by leveraging best practices from companies active in M&A.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Contribute to the M&A Strategy
    • Key Lessons
  • Prepare for and Conduct Due Diligence and Integration in Alignment With the Deal Strategy
    • Choose the M&A Integration Type
    • Identify the Supply Chain M&A Team Resources
    • Develop Preliminary Supply Chain Contributions to the Deal Valuation
    • Key Lessons
  • Build the Right Supply Chain M&A Team Structure
    • Due Diligence
    • Key Lessons
  • Develop an Effective SC Communication Plan That Aligns With the Corporate Plan
    • Key Lessons

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