According to numerous industry reports, between 7-8 out of 10 M&A Integrations fail. These failures not only create problems for businesses, but they also destroy billions of dollars in value, that affect businesses, employees, suppliers, and communities. A large number of failures can be attributed to completely avoidable reasons connected with people, leadership, and organization culture on one side and insufficient, incoherent integration planning and design on the other side.
The main underlying reason is too much dependency on templates and checklists. Research shows that humans are bad at working with detailed tasks and checklists but very good when they work with patterns and related tasks. Moreover, with patterns, they can easily manage changes in scope, delays, and mistakes compared to checklists where no clear recourse is mentioned.