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Assimilating Unique Cultures in M&A

Assimilating Unique Cultures in M&A

Show Notes Of Podcast

Show notes:

00:00 Introduction

0:56 Kim’s background

1:30 Defining company culture

2:34 How to identify with company culture

4:00 Kim’s culture experience at Microsoft

9:45 What stage of the M&A process to think about company culture

11:35 Kim’s view of culture vs the corporate view

14:12 How to assess company culture

20:42 The early signs of a bad fit

34:30 Unexpected things that affect company culture

42:39 How you keep the team informed

54:49 Kim’s view on how to think through culture

59:22 How to measure your own progress

1:01:32 Kim’s advice for integration

1:05:00 Craziest thing Kim’s seen in M&A

1:09:10 Closing remarks and end credits

“Company culture is how people in the organization act, what shows up in company values, work habits, communication and decision making.”

How to successfully combine cultures in M&A

On this episode, Kison speaks with Kim Jones, Senior HR M&A Manager at Microsoft. She conducts due diligence research and completes all HR-related integration activities as part of Microsoft's M&A programs. In this episode of M&A Science, Kim and Kison talk about Kim's experience at Microsoft, how she's seen the company evolve over time, and what they've done internally to help improve company culture.

Together they discuss what company culture is, at what of the deal to consider it, and how to assess the company culture. Hear Kim’s advice on identifying the early signs of a bad fit, how to minimize fear, and how to accommodate the target company’s culture. She also gives insight as to what affects culture that you may not expect, the challenges that arise when assimilating different cultures, and what some non-negotiables are.

“When I first started in this job, I felt we almost had to convince people that this was a good place to be… We had to convince people that we were innovative and moving forward. I’ve seen such a switch of people wanting to approach us and employees being excited about joining Microsoft… I think that’s a really good example of seeing that culture shift.”
“Company culture is how people in the organization act, what shows up in company values, work habits, communication and decision making.”

How to successfully combine cultures in M&A

On this episode, Kison speaks with Kim Jones, Senior HR M&A Manager at Microsoft. She conducts due diligence research and completes all HR-related integration activities as part of Microsoft's M&A programs. In this episode of M&A Science, Kim and Kison talk about Kim's experience at Microsoft, how she's seen the company evolve over time, and what they've done internally to help improve company culture.

Together they discuss what company culture is, at what of the deal to consider it, and how to assess the company culture. Hear Kim’s advice on identifying the early signs of a bad fit, how to minimize fear, and how to accommodate the target company’s culture. She also gives insight as to what affects culture that you may not expect, the challenges that arise when assimilating different cultures, and what some non-negotiables are.

“When I first started in this job, I felt we almost had to convince people that this was a good place to be… We had to convince people that we were innovative and moving forward. I’ve seen such a switch of people wanting to approach us and employees being excited about joining Microsoft… I think that’s a really good example of seeing that culture shift.”

Show notes:

00:00 Introduction

0:56 Kim’s background

1:30 Defining company culture

2:34 How to identify with company culture

4:00 Kim’s culture experience at Microsoft

9:45 What stage of the M&A process to think about company culture

11:35 Kim’s view of culture vs the corporate view

14:12 How to assess company culture

20:42 The early signs of a bad fit

34:30 Unexpected things that affect company culture

42:39 How you keep the team informed

54:49 Kim’s view on how to think through culture

59:22 How to measure your own progress

1:01:32 Kim’s advice for integration

1:05:00 Craziest thing Kim’s seen in M&A

1:09:10 Closing remarks and end credits

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“Company culture is how people in the organization act, what shows up in company values, work habits, communication and decision making.”

How to successfully combine cultures in M&A

On this episode, Kison speaks with Kim Jones, Senior HR M&A Manager at Microsoft. She conducts due diligence research and completes all HR-related integration activities as part of Microsoft's M&A programs. In this episode of M&A Science, Kim and Kison talk about Kim's experience at Microsoft, how she's seen the company evolve over time, and what they've done internally to help improve company culture.

Together they discuss what company culture is, at what of the deal to consider it, and how to assess the company culture. Hear Kim’s advice on identifying the early signs of a bad fit, how to minimize fear, and how to accommodate the target company’s culture. She also gives insight as to what affects culture that you may not expect, the challenges that arise when assimilating different cultures, and what some non-negotiables are.

“When I first started in this job, I felt we almost had to convince people that this was a good place to be… We had to convince people that we were innovative and moving forward. I’ve seen such a switch of people wanting to approach us and employees being excited about joining Microsoft… I think that’s a really good example of seeing that culture shift.”

Show notes:

00:00 Introduction

0:56 Kim’s background

1:30 Defining company culture

2:34 How to identify with company culture

4:00 Kim’s culture experience at Microsoft

9:45 What stage of the M&A process to think about company culture

11:35 Kim’s view of culture vs the corporate view

14:12 How to assess company culture

20:42 The early signs of a bad fit

34:30 Unexpected things that affect company culture

42:39 How you keep the team informed

54:49 Kim’s view on how to think through culture

59:22 How to measure your own progress

1:01:32 Kim’s advice for integration

1:05:00 Craziest thing Kim’s seen in M&A

1:09:10 Closing remarks and end credits

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