Digital Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Master's Program Management, Communication & IT
Course unit code
Level of course unit
  • Master
Semester when the course unit is delivered
  • 2
Number of ECTS credits allocated
  • 5.0
Name of lecturer(s)
  • Univ.-Prof. Dr. Bauer Florian
Learning outcomes of the course unit
  • Students will gain knowledge of the key concepts, theories, models and tools of operational due diligence before and after merger or acquisition. Students will be able to determine and understand the impact of integration decisions in the IT landscape. Students will be able to interpret post-merger integration and explain use cases. Students are familiar with the various due diligence concepts, in particular IT due diligence, and are able to use appropriate tools for planning, control and analysis in order to become competent contacts for integration issues in today's companies.
Mode of delivery
  • face-to-face
Prerequisites and co-requisites
  • none
Course contents
  • - Costs and benefits of due diligence
    - Transitions Service Agreements
    - Strategic Due Diligence
    - IT Due Diligence
    - Pre Sale Due Diligence
    - Process-related challenges
    - Hurdles of an acquisition
    - External support and experts
    - Digitalization of the M&A process
    - Integration Excellence
    - Critical issues PR/IR
Recommended or required reading
  • - Berens, W., Brauner, H. U., Knauer, T., & Strauch Joachim (Eds.). (2019). Due Diligence bei Unternehmensakquisitionen (8th ed.). Schäffer-Poeschel.
    - Demant, C. (2017). Software Due Diligence: Softwareentwicklung als Asset bewertet / Christian Demant (1. Aufl. 2018). Springer Gabler.
    - Geiß, J. (2021). Die Übernahme-Formel: Praxisleitfaden: Post-Merger-Integration nach einer US-amerikanischen Übernahme. Springer Gabler.
    - Gerds, J., & Schewe, G. (2014). Post Merger integration: Unternehmenserfolg durch Integration Excellence (5., überarbeitete und erweiterte Auflage). Springer Gabler.
    - Kuckertz, A., & Middelberg, N. (2016). Post-Merger-Integration im Mittelstand: Kompendium für Unternehmer / Andreas Kuckertz, Nils Middelberg (Hrsg.). Springer Gabler.
    - Meynerts-Stiller, K., & Rohloff, C. 1. (2015). Post Merger Management: M&A-Integrationen erfolgreich planen und gestalten. Schäffer-Poeschel.
    - Picot, G., & Bäzner, B. (2012). Handbuch Mergers & Acquisitions: Planung, Durchführung, Integration (5., überarb. und erw. Aufl.). Schäffer-Poeschel.
    - Wright, C. (2015). Reviewing IT in Due Diligence: Are you buying an IT asset or liability? IT Governance Publishing.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
  • The course comprises an interactive mix of lectures, discussions and individual and group work.
Assessment methods and criteria
  • To monitor the students’ learning this course will provide ongoing assignments as a basis for feedback and grading (formative assessment) and/or will evaluate the students learning at the end of the course or an instructional unit via exams, final project reports, essays or seminar papers (summative assessment).
Language of instruction
  • English