Credits: 6

Schedule: 10.04.2018 - 17.05.2018

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Hannu Seristö
Linyu Liu

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Period V 2018-2019, Otaniemi campus
Period V 2019-2020, Otaniemi campus

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course provides the students with an up-to-date understanding of theories and practices of M&A that will help them to understand the nature of M&As and plan and implement post-merger integration successfully. Upon completing the course, the students should be able to:

1.    Understand the challenges that organizational members involved in mergers and acquisitions are confronted with;
2.    Analyze the M&A process with its challenges and dilemmas from different theoretical angles;
3.    Learn to develop an integration plan for M&As that would allow maximizing strategic synergies, while minimizing cultural challenges and risks;
4.    Be able to assess and manage the complex dynamics in unfolding M&A integration.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course offers a theoretically grounded and practically relevant overview of the key themes in Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) and specifically in post-merger integration (PMI). Building upon a theoretical understanding of organizational changes and M&A-specific concepts and frameworks, the course concentrates on the various problems and challenges in M&A and PMI. These include strategic integration and synergies, cultural challenges, identity-building, cognitive and emotional dynamics of inter-firm collaboration, politics, communication and learning.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Assignments 100%

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Contact teaching    30h
Independent work    130h
Total    160h (6 ECTS)

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

A reading package consisting of academic and popular articles.

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Completing basic courses on strategic management before this advanced level course (such as TU-91.1011 or 21C00100 or 21E00030) is recommended.

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course is restricted to 50 students (including quotas for students from the Open University and Joo-studies).
Priority list:
1. MIB/Strategy/Global Management/CS/IDBM,
2. MIB minor students,
3. CEMS students,  
4. Other BIZ and exchange students,
5. Other Aalto students.