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Mergers and acquisitions are extremely challenging and even chaotic events.  Therefore, it is critical that everyone involved has a clear understanding of their role in the process. Mergers and acquisitions have become the norm in the business world and are often necessary for survival. Almost every major company in the US today has or will experience a major acquisition. There is a subtle yet distinct difference between a merger and an acquisition. A merger is when two separate companies merge into one new entity. An acquisition is when one company buys the assets of another company.

Top Stories: Lodging & Gaming
Cracking the Millennial Travel Mindset: Surprising Insights on Attitudes and Behaviors
According to new data released from The American Express Future of Travel and the American Express Spending & Saving Tracker, Millennials are more optimistic and plan to travel more frequently (52.8% Millennials vs. 32.1% Boomers) in the next five years and spend more on travel than boomers (58% Millennials vs. 41.3% Boomers) in the same timeframe.
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Global Online Gambling Market to Near $1Trillon by 2021, New Research Says
The amount of money bet online is expected to approach $1 trillion by 2021, according to a study by Juniper Research. The $1 trillion isn't revenue for online gambling platforms. Morgan Stanley estimated that the amount of online gambling revenue in 2014 was $37 billion, so online casinos win a small percentage of all the bets placed.
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Airbnb vs. Hotels: Is There Room for Two?
Since it's inception in a San Francisco loft apartment in 2008, Airbnb has come a long way. As the largest peer-to-peer hospitality service, it's certainly not going anywhere any time soon.  The real question is, what does Airbnb mean for hoteliers?  
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Top Stories: Human Resources
Five Tips Before Implementing Your Wellness Program
With large companies, like Google and Facebook, taking wellness programs to extremes - and spending a large chunk of money in the process -- it can be difficult to understand how the costs balance out for smaller businesses. With just a little digging, though, it's clear that employee wellness is a sound investment for even the smallest of businesses.
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Skill is the 'Verb' in Knowledge
It's important to understand how skills are the language for talking about learning because skills describe learning laterally across subjects and disciplines and vertically across career stages.
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It's a Jungle Out There: Setting Up an Effective Progressive Discipline Plan
In an ideal - if boring - world, employees would show up for work on time every day, exceed standards in their day-to-day duties, get along perfectly with their bosses and co-workers, and follow every company rule.  Alas, we don't live in an ideal world. And that's where the concept of progressive discipline comes in.  
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