In 1993, Gordon Dupont came up with the concept of the ‘Dirty Dozen’ human factors while working for Transport Canada. These were the most common factors which could act as precursors to aircraft accidents or incidents.
When I saw the Dirty Dozen, it was clear that without any change, they were just as applicable to Mergers and Acquisitions. Just like aviation, any one factor can cause your deal to crash and burn. And just like aviation - you need to avoid that if at all possible!