Sony-Columbia Pictures: Lessons from a Cross Border Acquisition


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Case Code : BSTR119 For delivery in electronic format: Rs. 500;
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Themes

Mergers Acquisition and Takeovers
Case Length : 17 Pages
Period : 1989-2004
Organization : Sony Pictures Entertainment
Pub Date : 2004
Teaching Note : Not Available
Countries : US/Japan
Industry : Media and Entertainment

Abstract:

The case discusses the acquisition of the US-based Columbia Pictures (now known as Sony Pictures Entertainment) by Sony Corporation, Japan. The case focuses on the various problems faced by SPE on account of poor corporate governance, mismanagement and differences between the Japanese and American management cultures, in the first five years after Sony's acquisition of it. It examines the various initiatives taken by Sony to revive the financial and business performance of SPE. The case explores the future of SPE in the light of its failure to realize the synergies identified prior to the acquisition, the highly risky movie business and impending problems at Sony's electronics division.

Issues:

Cross-border Acquisition, Cultural Mismatch

Contents:

  Page No.
The Acquisition & Problems 1
Background Note 2
Reasons for the Acquisition 3
Post-Acquisition Blues 5
The Revival Efforts 7
Reviving SPE 8
Synergies of the Acquisition Real? 10
Exhibits 13

Keywords:

Sony Corporation, Columbia Pictures, Cross-border Acquisition, Corporate Governance, Financial Mismanagement, Cultural Mismatch, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Convergence, MGM

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