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Case Summary

Shock to the System: Galante and Read Merger (B)

Case Number: 5-204-266(B), Year Published: 2004

HBS Number: KEL079

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Authors: Hayagreeva Rao; John Joseph

Key Concepts

Mergers and Acquisitions, Integration, Compensation, Change Management, Transition Management, Human Resource Management, Talent Planning


A CEO is faced with the task of explaining to employees why their firm is being acquired when they had been accustomed to hearing that their company could make it on its own and did need to enlarge. The (A) case focuses on the CEO's predicament. The (B) case looks at integration planning from the vantage point of the integration team leader, and the (C) and (D) cases outline the consequences. The identities of the organizations have been disguised.

Number of Pages: 4

Extended Case Information

Teaching Areas: Organizational Behavior, Strategy

Geographic: United States

Industry: Medical Devices

Organization Name: Galante and Read

Organization Department: Management

Organization Size: Medium

Decision Maker Position: CEO

Decision Maker Gender: Male

Year of Case: 2001