HR’s Role in Mergers & Acquisitions

Ritu Dixit, Trilok Kumar Jain


The Exxon-Mobil merger was well known. But the merger has to overcome many critical problems. Although the merger involved American companies, unlike the Daimler- Chrysler merger, considerable differences in culture and work style had to be dealt with. Exxon was known for its conservative culture, whereas Mobil was known for its bold and robust culture. This difference in culture was reflected in their corporate symbols. Exxon’s symbol was a stalking tiger whereas Mobil’s symbol was a flying horse. The tiger represented Exxon’s conservative approach whereas the flying horse represented Mobil’s open and transparent culture. At Exxon even the smallest thing was planned and executed carefully, whereas at Mobil new ideas and risk taking were always encouraged. Exxon took a lot of time to take decisions, because of bureaucratic structure, whereas at Mobil even risky decisions were taken quickly.


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