Groups can boost voices by speaking as one, but internal politics favor the status quo in many situtations. “If (the decisions) were rational and strategic only, there would be a lot more mergers,” said Rick Goldstein, president of Kensington Consulting Group. “There are many examples where it makes good sense for associations to merge but the parties decide not to.”
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