Value-creating acquisitions are a major challenge for many firms. The case of Cisco Systems shows that an advanced enterprise architecture (EA) capability can contribute to the four phases of the acquisition process: pre-acquisition preparation, acquisition selection, acquisition integration and post-integration management. Cisco's EA capability improves its ability to rapidly capture value from acquisitions and to sustain its acquisition-based growth strategy over time.Click here for podcast summary (mp3)Click here for free 2-page executive summary (pdf)Click here for free presentation slides (pptx)
Toppenberg, Gustav; Henningsson, Stefan; and Shanks, Graeme
"How Cisco Systems Used Enterprise Architecture Capability to Sustain Acquisition-Based Growth,"
MIS Quarterly Executive: Vol. 14
, Article 5.
Available at: https://aisel.aisnet.org/misqe/vol14/iss4/5