How Cisco Systems Used Enterprise Architecture Capability to Sustain Acquisition-Based Growth

Gustav Toppenberg, Graeme Shanks, Stefan Henningsson

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    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalM I S Quarterly Executive
    Issue number4
    Pages (from-to)151-168
    Number of pages18
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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