The overarching aim of this research project is to identify and assess the dynamics among the key motivations, risks, barriers and opportunities associated with merges, amalgamations and acquisitions (M&As) in the Australian Not-for-Profit (NFP) human services sector. Findings support M&A uptake as an effective strategy for organisational growth, gaining, scale efficiencies and enhancing service choice and quality within the NFP service sector. The M&A process itself however is often complex, time-consuming and can be costly. Some of the critical M&A success factors include board and CEO leadership, clarity of the social mission and goals, a well-designed merger plan, proactive communication and stakeholder engagement. We utilise the 4-P framework, representing ‘purpose, people, process and policy’ to elucidate the connectivities among the four different factors, and recommend a range of good practice guidelines for M&A success.
Project dates: 2017 - 2018
Key contributors: Nava Subramaniam, Craig Furneaux, David Gilchrist; Alan Lowe; Adela McMurray, Yesh Nama and Raelene West
This project addresses the following Sustainable Development Goals and Targets:
16.6 Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels
16.7 Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels