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Case Study: Utah Symphony & Opera Merger.

Utah Symphony and Utah Opera: A Merger Proposal
Thomas J Delong, David L. Ager
Harvard Business School
9-404-116
August 8, 2005

1. Does it make sense to combine these two organizations?
2. What are the synergies that both organizations have? Similarly, what are the new problems that a combined organization will face?
3. What are the major obstacles Anne Ewers will have to overcome to integrate the two organizations?
4. If you were writing a headline in the year 2015 regarding this merger, what would you write?

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1. Does it make sense to combine these two organizations?

It makes sense to combine the two organizations, assuming the cultures and personalities can be aligned. Both organizations are facing a decline in government subsidies, fewer total dollars for the arts, and overall financial pressure. In general, the arts are in need of greater support.
The Utah Opera would benefit from the merger by gaining access to a larger audience and greater support for the arts. The Utah symphony would benefit by gaining a quality CEO (Anne Ewers), who has proven success in fund raising, and can help with the symphony's faltering financial situation.

2. What are the synergies that both organizations have? Similarly, what are the new problems that a combined organization will face?

Both organizations are involved in the arts, have similar methods of financing (government support, ticket sales, individual contributions, business ...

Solution Summary

This solution discusses a Harvard Business School case study in which the Utah Symphony and Utah Opera are considering merging. It answers the questions if it make sense to combine the two organizations, the synergies each organization offer, new problems the merged organization might face, major obstacles that will need to be overcome, and proposes a headline for 2015 in regards to this merger. Reference included.

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