Everyone loses

Your company has acquired another company. Or another company has acquired yours. Or within your company a reorganization is taking place. It doesn’t really matter. The dynamics are the same. Colleagues will be collaborating across borders. Many of them for the first time.

Now, if cross-border collaboration works, everyone wins. If it does not work, everyone loses. And we know that most cross-border combinations either fail or underperform. Not only mergers of entire companies. But also mergers of organizations within companies.

And the reason why they underperform is not only because they are mergers of company cultures, but also mergers of country cultures. They are mergers across borders. Company culture and country culture.