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“Ready to Acquire”: The IT Resources Required for a Growth-by-Acquisition Business Strategy

Philip Yetton, Stefan Henningsson, Niels Bjørn-Andersen


This article describes the experiences of Danisco (a global food ingredients company) as it followed a growth-by-acquisition business strategy, focusing on how a new CIO built the IT resources to ensure the IT organization was “ready to acquire.” We illustrate how these IT capabilities expedited the IT integration following two acquisitions, one of which involved Danisco expanding the scale of its business and the other extending the scope. Based on insights gained from Danisco, we provide lessons for CIOs to realize business benefits when managing post-acquisition IT integration.

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