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Acquisitions, Joint Ventures & Alliances

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Compare and contrast acquisitions, joint ventures, and alliances. Discuss their advantages and disadvantages. If you can locate any recent news regarding corporate a acquisition, joint venture, or alliance in the news, provide a brief overview of who and what they are doing/planning. From what you have learned in class thus far, do you feel it is a good fit? Why or why not? (at least 250 words)

Please cite your references properly.

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Joint Ventures - strategic alliance of two or more people or companies agreeing to contribute goods, capital and/or services for a common commercial enterprise.

Advantages:
? provide access on needed information and resources
? build credibility with a particular target market
? extend marketing reach
? access new markets that would be inaccessible without partner
? both companies share the insurance, shipping and liability costs and produce higher profits

Disadvantages:
? usually a short lived collaboration

Acquisition - A company is buying and taking over another company.
Advantages:
? to improve competition position by gaining market share and greater resources
? to reduce competition
? to diversify into new business areas if go-it-alone is not possible
? cost of acquiring a business can be lower than other ways of expansion

Disadvantages:
? the company taking over might make all the final decisions
? most companies for sale are unsuccessful so it's important to assess the company to be bought well
? sometimes an entrepreneur maybe overconfident of his/her ability to assume when others have ...

Solution Summary

The solution compares and contrasts acquisition, joint venture, and alliance. Their advantages and disadvantages are also discussed. A brief summary of a news article about acquisition is also presented and analyzed if the acquisition is a good fit and the reasons. References included.

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