Publication Date

Fall 2016


As the economy continues to rebound from the recent global recession, M&A activity shows signs of continued growth. Effective integrations of acquired companies, therefore, is a topic that is top of mind for many corporations. During any acquisition, it is important to manage the organizational and other human resource issues, as these are key drivers of acquisition success. This report focuses mainly on key talent retention post-acquisition, describes what startup talent values most, and introduces several practices HR professionals can implement pre- and post-acquisition to enable and engage this talent.


Suggested Citation
Kelly, C., & Ma, C. (2016). How do established companies acquiring startups retain the innovative/disruptive/big thinkers and leverage this thinking? Retrieved [insert date] from Cornell University, ILR School site:

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