The perils of large mergers

Posted in economics, emerging issues, organisational by thenextwavefutures on 4 May, 2007

I blogged recently about the proposed Barclays-ABN Amro merger. There’s an interesting post on Small Is The Next Big Thing which looks at the merger from the perspective of the difficulties in managing large organisations. Andy Hobsbawm, who blogs at ‘Small’, writes:

The problem is, the larger an organisation gets these days, the harder and more expensive it becomes to coordinate people working together… In fact, the rise of management consultancy itself can be seen as a function of the growing impossibility of understanding these gigantic, modern organisations.


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