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Strategic Direction

ISSN: 0258-0543

Online from: 2002

Subject Area: Strategy

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Berkshire Hathaway and GEICO: How Warren Buffett applied the G&D approach to acquire an insurance giant

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Title:Berkshire Hathaway and GEICO: How Warren Buffett applied the G&D approach to acquire an insurance giant
Source:Strategic Direction, Vol. 24 Iss: 5
pp:22 - 24
Keywords:Acquisitions and mergers, Due diligence
Article type:Viewpoint
DOI:10.1108/02580540810867907 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited

PurposeThis paper aims to review the latest management developments across the globe and pinpoints practical implications from cutting-edge research and case studies.

Design/methodology/approachThis briefing is prepared by an independent writer who adds their own impartial comments and places the articles in context.

FindingsJoseph Calandro Jr, Ranganna Dasari and Scott Lane, in their collaborative article “Berkshire Hathaway and GEICO: an M&A case study”, explain in detail the success of one of the world's great entrepreneurs: Warren Buffett. This is a study in a particular methodology of evaluation, the Graham and Dodd (G&D) valuation approach, and how it was applied by Buffett in Berkshire Hathaway's 1995 acquisition of the US insurance giant, GEICO.

Practical implicationsProvides strategic insights and practical thinking that have influenced some of the world's leading organizations.

Originality/valueThe briefing saves busy executives and researchers hours of reading time by selecting only the very best, most pertinent information and presenting it in a condensed and easy-to-digest format.

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