HRPD 712

Assignment #4 – Mergers & Acquisitions

Assignment Type: Team Report

60 Marks (15% of final course grade)

Instructions:

1. As a team of 4 people you will prepare responses to the 4 questions/tasks outlined below.

2. Prepare a word-processed file of no more or less than 5 pages, with a font size no less than 12.

3. Papers of more than 5 pages double-spaced will be penalized. References will not be counted in those pages. It can be separate.

4. Please include a cover page, and note your names and student ID’s (this page will not be included as part of your overall page count).

5. Please submit a printed paper copy of your assignment to your professor at the beginning of class. Late papers will be penalized 5% per day unless extenuating circumstances prevail as per the School of Business Assignment Policy.

6. The paper must be authored by the HRPD 712 Winter 2013 students to be graded.

Background/Outline:

Mergers and acquisitions play a critical part in a corporation’s survival, growth, and profit strategies. Many great companies were built on a track record of mergers and acquisitions; they include G.E., Thompson, Alcan and Power Financial. Merger activity in Canada is at its highest level ever in Canada; therefore, HR professionals should add the ability to manage a merger as part of their skill set.

Question #1 (5 marks)

Select 2 organizations that tried to merge and failed and 2 organizations that achieved a successful merger.

Question #2 (5 marks)

Identify and explain why the 2 organizations that your team selected failed to merge.

Question #3 (5 marks)

Identify and explain how the 2 organizations that your team selected achieved a successful merger.

Question #4 (5 marks)

Identify and explain the financial and human impacts of the successful mergers.

Question #5 (10 marks)

Describe the issues involved in blending the cultures of the 2 organizations that achieved a successful merger.

Question #6 (20 marks)

Discuss how the successful mergers affects the following areas of HR;

HR planning

Selection

Compensation

Performance Appraisal

Training and Development

Labour Relations

Writing/Communication Effectiveness (10 marks)

The report is error free (spelling/grammar/punctuation)

The report is concise (communication is clear and to the point)

The report is professional (easy to read, accurate in its content)