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How CIOs can ensure M&A projects pay off

Growth through mergers and acquisitions (M&A), in contrast, has the potential to deliver much greater gains. Ever since the value-destroying merger of AOL and Time-Warner in 2000, many corporate leaders have become skeptical about the value of M&A. Not only do CIOs have an important role to play in the due diligence leading up to a merger or acquisition, their operational expertise can contribute directly to a company’s balance sheet.