Bringing together two or more organisations is a complex task. It involves balancing the perspectives of many stakeholders, with potentially competing interests – and it can take a long time. Every merger is different.

Regardless of the outcome, and whether the organisations merge or not, the process is a lengthy and resource intensive one. Once the decision is taken to proceed the resources have been committed. This is why it is so important to reflect on your motivations for pursuing a merger and to understand the legal, organisational and strategic implications of various possible arrangements.

This section will help you to navigate the different options for working with other organisations by helping you to:

  1.  Reflect on reasons for considering a merger
  2.  Examine the potential benefits
  3.  Understand options for working with others
  4.  Search for a merger partner
  5.  Assess your preparedness

Please feel free to leave questions or comments on this part of the merger toolkit.