Is It Uncommon for Organizations to Acquire Companies Primarily to Acquire Talent?
Does it happen more within certain industries? Is it usually worth it?
Michael Adcock(Consultant/SI, ETI)
In the direct sense of “Talent Management” - where HR and company managers identify who, by name, are the key contributors to company performance - I don't recall there ever being a case of reported of a merger or acquisition for such a reason. It's far less expensive, and risky, to woo away the individual(s) you’re looking for than to purchase another business.
However in an indirect sense - where one company realizes that another business has key competencies that the acquirer wants in their own business, yes this has been cited as the reason for mergers and acquisitions.