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Published by: Harvard Business Publishing
Originally published in: 1999
Version: 15 February 2000
Length: 27 pages
Data source: Field research

Abstract

Describes the procedures and processes used by Cisco Systems in their acquisition of high-technology firms. Their goal is to retain key engineering talent and to leverage existing product development effort, but to quickly merge acquired companies into their own systems and procedures. In addition to describing the general approach used by Cisco, this case describes some of the specifics involving their acquisition of Summa Four, a designer/manufacturer of a related product line, whose major activities are located in New England.; Illustrates the creative approaches used by Cisco in addressing human resource, manufacturing, and engineering issues in the acquisition and integration of additional firms.
Location:
Size:
USD10 billion revenues
Other setting(s):
1998

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Abstract

Describes the procedures and processes used by Cisco Systems in their acquisition of high-technology firms. Their goal is to retain key engineering talent and to leverage existing product development effort, but to quickly merge acquired companies into their own systems and procedures. In addition to describing the general approach used by Cisco, this case describes some of the specifics involving their acquisition of Summa Four, a designer/manufacturer of a related product line, whose major activities are located in New England.; Illustrates the creative approaches used by Cisco in addressing human resource, manufacturing, and engineering issues in the acquisition and integration of additional firms.

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Location:
Size:
USD10 billion revenues
Other setting(s):
1998

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