Sometimes tech mergers look good on paper but flop in practice; here's a look at some of the biggest tech merger failures
Alcatel and Lucent
The Potential: These two tech giants partnered in a $13.4 billion stock-swap deal in 2006 as way to stave off telecom competitors and integrate networking technologies. But Alcatel-Lucent has been bleeding billions ever since.
Why it Failed: Many problems with this merger have been cultural. Alcatel is French and Lucent is American, and when revenues started tanking, there was no organized plan to fix things. Add time differences, language barriers and different approaches to crisis management, and you have a troubled company. Alcatel-Lucent remains a troubled company today. It reported a net loss of $334 million in 2010.
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