Building ADP Europe: 1995-2002

Published 01 Jul 2003
Reference 5118
Topic Strategy
Region Global
Summary

This last document in the ADP-GSI series describes the outcome of the acquisition through interviews with ADP and former GSI managers. ADP management is very pleased with the results. ADP Europe management, particularly Philippe Gluntz, has played a key role as leader and buffer between the ADP and GSI culture and operations. During Gluntz’s tenure as President (1995- 2001), much of the previous GSI culture and relative high level of autonomy has continued, albeit in an environment focused on growth. Gluntz’s successor now has to determine if and how he should continue the autonomy.

Teaching objectives

1. Understand integration trade-offs among scope, speed and style. 2. Disentangle acquisition and integration. 3. Resist temptation to impose ?our way of doing things?.

Keywords
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Computer services
  • Leadership
  • Growth
  • Empowerment