This is another topic from the Exam 3 that takes the supply managers role to the next level in acquisitions,mergers and divestitures.
Supply managers have a role in advising the top management team about the supply aspects of planned acquisitions,mergers and divestitures. You tend to know from suppliers in your industry about others they supply to and the strength or otherwise of the supply chain of a potential acquisition target. Here confidentiality is important and the important thing is to step up in your organization with inputs that might help, Similarly there are enormous challenges with mergers and trying to merge supply chains and supply managers between two organizations. Here is an interview regarding the Pfizer Wyeth merger.
Think of all the supply management integration that is required in such a mammoth merger !