Strategic Alliances: Collaborations, Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures

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    Strategic Alliances: Collaborations, Mergers and Acquisitions and Joint Ventures

    One of the most powerful means to strengthen an organization’s impact and sustainability
    is by engaging in a strategic alliance or combining with other organizations.
    There are a variety of ways this can be structured. Organizations face pressure
    from funders and investors to efficient collaborate with other organizations.
    Mergers and acquisitions are a very prominent strategy, especially among large
    businesses. This topic briefly explains collaborations, mergers and acquisitions
    and joint ventures.

    In their book, Forming Alliances: Working Together to Achieve Mutual Goals,
    Hoskins and Angelica define an alliance as a relationship between partners that
    is strategically formed to accomplish goals that benefit the community while
    strengthening the partners. The authors depict a continuum of alliances that
    continues from a very loose relationship to a complete merger.

    1. Cooperation – Shorter-term informal relationships that exist without
      any clearly defined mission, structure, or planning effort.
    2. Coordination – Longer-term, more formal relationships that rely on
      understanding of missions and focus on a specific effort or programs
    3. Collaboration – Most durable and pervasive relationships where participants
      bring separate organizations into a new structure with full commitment and
      common mission. (from Winer and Ray’s Collaboration Handbook: Creating,
      Sustaining, and Enjoying the Journey)
    4. Merger – A partnership in which two or more corporations decide to
      become one (from LaPiana’s The Nonprofit Mergers Workbook)

    NOTE: LaPiana adds more detail to options for partnering and organizes them
    into three categories: collaborations, strategic alliances (administrative consolidation
    and joint programming, and corporate integration (management service organization,
    joint ventures, parent-subsidiaries and mergers).

    Bibliography

    • Collaboration Handbook: Creating, Sustaining, and Enjoying the Journey
      by Michael Winer and Karen Ray. St Paul, MN: Fieldstone Alliance, 1994.
    • Forming Alliances: Working Together to Achieve Mutual Goals
      by Linda Hoskins and Emil Angelica. St Paul, MN: Fieldstone Alliance, 2005.
    • The Nonprofit Mergers Workbook
      by David LaPiana. St Paul, MN: Fieldstone Alliance, 2000.

    Sections of This Topic Include

    Collaborations
    Mergers and Acquisitions
    Boards and Mergers and Acquisitions
    Joint Ventures
    Additional Information for Nonprofits

    Additional Perspectives on Organizational Alliances

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    Mergers and Acquisitions

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    Mergers
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    5 Tips for Executing a Successful Acquisition
    Litigation in Mergers and Acquisitions
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    Business Acquisitions and Financing
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    Evidence from International M&A Laws

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    Boards and Mergers and Acquisitions

    Strategic M&A, Spin-Offs, Hostile Transactions and Private Equity
    Litigation in Mergers and Acquisitions
    Corporate Governance Structure and Mergers
    M&A Litigation: A Potential Partial Solution to a Big Problem
    Nonprofit Organization Mergers: What to Do
    Modernizing the board’s role in M&A

    Joint Ventures

    Joint Venture: An Overview
    Joint
    Ventures (Wikipedia)

    Why Joint Ventures?
    How to Evaluate a Joint Venture

    Nonprofit Information

    Nonprofit Mergers and Acquisitions: More Than
    a Tool for Tough Times

    Partners and Competitors in the Nonprofit Sector
    Nonprofit Collaborations: 2.0
    Model Guidelines for Nonprofits: Evaluating Proposed Relationships with Other Organizations

    Additional Perspectives on Organizational Alliances

    15 Steps for Successful Strategic Alliances (and
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