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With the merging of big players within and between such industries as insurance business services banking finance media and technology I propose to investigate the impact and feasability of a higher degree of vertical intergration in the form of mergers acquisitions convergence complimentary shareholdings and alliances I propose to investigate the feasibility of such corporate convergence and the impact it has on a companys shareprice and profitability short long term as well as the advantages and disadvantages to the customer Further ramifications that can be investigated include potential conflict of interests and privacy issues The structure of this report will be as followsBrief run down of current situation which sees definative boundries between different industries This will include a historical look at the industries which are now beginning to murmer alliance and merger Industries will include - Accounting Banking Finance Business Services E-services Media Technology and the Internet Insurance IT and Telecommunications Although many industries will be discussed in conjuction with the Internet the report will not be confined to this Once the industries are identified the report will investigate the pros and cons of convergence at all levels to consumers companies and shareholders alike Although many of these will be general across all the industries attempting to intergrate there will be a number of specific advantages and disadvantages that will be addressedIndustries presently seen or rumored to be converging will be identified and discussed This will include the effect on shareholder value and the future potential such moves are seen to have Following the historical view and interpretation of what has happened the report will then discuss future mergers within and between industries and substantiate predictions with their advantages bearing in mind the direction of specific industriesThere is a central difference between the old and new economiesthe old industrial economy was driven by economies of scalethe new information economy is driven by the economics of networksInformation Rules by Carl Shapiro Hal
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