Businesses across the world consider mergers and acquisitions as a way to expand resources to reach goals. When considering a merger or other action, it's important to understand whether the step would contribute to long-term interests for the business. It's also important to understand whether various entities within the business and the related community will support the merger or other action.
In the case of a merger considered by the Scripps Research Institute, support was apparently in contention once news got out about merger talks. The Institute had entered into a non-binding letter of intent with a major university regarding a merger. According to reports, the intent of the talks were to explore whether partnership would benefit both parties.