A German company acquired an American company. Industrial sector: complex technology, sophisticated engineering, plant construction demanding expert project management.
Some departments are to be combined as soon as possible. Other departments will be merged over time. Some will remain separate for the time being.
The core of the combined company is its technology, its knowhow, its engineering prowess. And design engineering is the core of that core. Executive management wants rapid integration of the two respective design engineering organizations.
Will cultural differences between Americans and Germans play a role in the integration? If so, in what ways?