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October 31, 2016
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Managing Conflict in Organizational Mergers

by Eben Weitzman
Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance

knotJust about anyone who has gone through a merger of two or more organizations can tell you: it can be a nightmare. More often than not, someone thought there was a really good reason—so why is it often so hard?

Mergers impact individuals, working groups, customers/constituents, and the organization as a whole. They present cultural and political challenges, shake up trust, and often generate anxiety and conflict. Successfully navigating a merger requires a clear vision and strategy, and strong leadership to see it through. A key part of that is preparing for and constructively managing conflict that is almost inevitable, and that’s the focus of this piece.

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