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think: act – New opportunities if you act now!

Issue 10, 2007

Due to the financial crisis of the last few months, the overheated acquisitions market has cooled off markedly. The good news in all this is that acquisition premiums are falling, and strategic investors are enjoying new flexibility. Thanks to these developments, mergers and acquisitions do have a firm place in the growth strategies of companies again. That’s why, in this edition of think:act, we introduce to you the success requirements for mergers and acquisitions, present to you appropriate strategies and show you the “best practices” in M&A.

As usual, decision-makers and researchers have their say in this edition of think:act as well. Sam Palmisano, CEO of IBM, introduces his model of a globally integrated company in an essay. In an interview, former soccer star Franz Beckenbauer reveals insights into his philosophy. And the professor of business economics André Schmidt introduces a “map of protectionism” drawn up especially for this magazine.

This is the concept that won think:act the Best of Corporate Publishing Award—the top prize for corporate magazines in Europe—this year for the third time running. For us, this recognition is an incentive to continue producing exciting and outstanding magazines. In this edition you will therefore find a few changes. We have designed the layout more clearly. We also have created the new rubric “Work in Progress,” with insights into the ongoing activities of our think tanks. And on page 63 you will find another innovation: a CD with selected contributions from this edition in audio format. Many of you have asked us for this particular service as a convenience for use during your car and air travel.

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