Way back in 1974, Price Pritchett, Ph.D. focused his firm’s work on a novel, unexplored field: merger integration strategy. Hard to imagine, but back then this was a brand-new practice area for consulting. PRITCHETT, LP was the pioneer, the very first firm in the U.S. to specialize in this key aspect of M&A.
At that time there were zero books that had been written about the merger integration process. A few scattered articles in business journals made brief reference to the challenges inherent in consolidating companies, but basically it was uncharted territory. There were no ground rules. No map to help managers navigate the treacherous terrain. Nobody had spelled out what to expect or how to handle the unique project management issues and cultural dynamics that are generic to mergers.
So we staked out this sector of M&A as our niche.
Price wrote the first book about merger integration—After the Merger: Managing the Shockwaves—which was named “One of the 10 best business books of the year” and is considered a classic in the field. Later he authored The Employee Guide to Mergers and Acquisitions, which to this day outsells all other merger books combined on an annual basis.
For more than four decades now the integration process has been PRITCHETT's strike zone. During that time we’ve developed an array of tools and deep insights while working with corporate America’s most respected names in their M&A endeavors.
At the beginning, Dr. Pritchett decided our company would deliberately remain highly specialized and tackle big problems with small teams of true M&A experts.
Because big becomes slow. Large becomes wasteful. Broad becomes unfocused. If you want a battalion of people to help you, call the consulting giants. But if you have faith in the power of an elite strike force, call PRITCHETT.
Our intent is to simplify . . . to slice through the noise to the heart of the problem. And our raging ambition is to be the best—#1 in our niche.
For almost 50 years we’ve been sharpening our edge.