Is It Uncommon for Organizations to Acquire Companies Primarily to Acquire Talent?

Does it happen more within certain industries? Is it usually worth it?

Answer

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.

See: http://finance.mapsofworld.com/merger-acquisition/reasons-behind.html
& http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Major_reasons_of_mergers_and_Acquisitions
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