Debating HR’s Role in Deal-Making

New research finds that finance and HR differ on the value that HR brings to M&A due diligence.
CFO StaffOctober 1, 2010

The finance and human resources functions rarely see eye to eye, and that appears to hold true when it comes to mergers and acquisitions. In a new report from CFO Research Services (in collaboration with Aon Consulting), senior finance executives and their HR counterparts had diverging opinions on the value of HR’s participation in M&A activities — or even the degree to which HR could be said to be involved at all. But the two functions did largely agree on two things: that managing the HR aspect of deals plays an important role in deriving maximum value from the transactions, and that there is room for improvement across a range of important human-capital and corporate-culture issues as they relate to successful M&A activities.

HR involvement in M&A