Business Development

By May 13, 2019Uncategorized

Business development?entails tasks and processes to develop and implement growth opportunities within and between organizations.[1]?It is a subset of the fields of?business,?commerce, and?organizational theory. Business development is the creation of long-term value for an organization from?customers,?markets, and?relationships.[2]?Business development can be taken to mean any activity by either a small or large organization, non-profit or for-profit enterprise which serves the purpose of ?developing? the business in some way. In addition, business development activities can be done internally or externally by a business development consultant.


In the limited scholarly work available on the subject, business development is conceptualized as or related to discrete projects, specific modes of growth, and organizational units, activities, and practices. Sorensen?[3]?integrates these different perspectives with insights from?chairmen and managing directors, senior business developers, and venture capitalists from successful high-tech firms worldwide, which is adopted in the?Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management:

?Business development is defined as the tasks and processes concerning analytical preparation of potential growth opportunities, and the support and monitoring of the implementation of growth opportunities, but does not include decisions on strategy and implementation of growth opportunities.??[4]


In practice, the term business development and its actor, the business developer, have evolved into many usages and applications. Today, the applications of?business development?and the?business developer?or?marketer?tasks across industries and countries, cover everything from IT-programmers, specialized engineers, advanced marketing or key account management activities, and sales and relations development for current and prospective customers. For this reason, it has been difficult to discern the unique features of the business development function and whether these activities are a source of profits.

Recent systematic research on the subject has outlined the contours of an emerging business development function with a unique role in the?innovation management?process. The business development function seems to be more matured in high-tech, and especially the pharma and biotech, industries.[5][6][7]


The business developer is concerned with the analytical preparation of potential growth opportunities for the?senior management?or?board of directors?as well as the subsequent support and monitoring of its?implementation. Both in the development phase and the implementation phase, the business developer collaborates and integrates the knowledge and feedback from the organization?s specialist functions, for example,?research and development,?production,?marketing, and?sales?to assure that the organization is capable of implementing the growth opportunity successfully.[3]?The business developers? tools to address the business development tasks are the?business model?answering ?how do we make money? and its analytical backup and roadmap for implementation, the?business plan.

Business development?professionals?frequently have had earlier experience in sales,?financial services,?investment banking?or?management consulting, and delivery; although some find their route to this area by climbing the corporate ladder in functions such as?operations management.?Skill sets?and experience for business-development specialists usually consist of a mixture of the following (depending on the business requirements):

The??pipeline??refers to the flow of potential clients which a company has started developing. Business development staff assigned to each potential client in the pipeline a percent chance of success, with projected sales-volumes attached. Planners can use the?weighted average?of all the potential clients in the pipeline to project staffing to manage the new activity when finalized. Enterprises usually support pipelines with some kind of?customer relationship management?tool or?database, either web-based solution or an in-house?system. Sometimes business development specialists manage and analyze the data to produce sales?management information. Such management of information could include:

  • reasons for wins/losses
  • progress of opportunities in relation to the sales process
  • top performing sales people/sales channels
  • sales of services/products

For larger and well-established companies, especially in technology-related industries, the term ?business development? often refers to setting up and managing strategic relationships and?alliances?with other, third-party companies. In these instances, the companies may leverage each other?s?expertise,?technologies?or other?intellectual property?to expand their capacities for identifying, researching, analyzing and bringing to market new businesses and new products. Business development focuses on implementation of the strategic business plan through equity financing, acquisition/divestiture of technologies, products, and companies, plus the establishment of strategic partnerships where appropriate.

Business development is to be thought of as a marketing tactic. The objectives include branding, expansion in markets, new user acquisition, and awareness. However, the main function of business development is to utilize partners in selling to the right customers. Creating opportunities for value to be ongoing in the long-term is very important. To be successful in business development the partnership must be built on strong relationships.[8]

Notes and references

  1. Jump up^?Compare:?Houterman, Joyce; Blok, Vincent; Omta, Onno (2014). ?Venture capital financing of techno-entrepreneurial start-ups: drivers and barriers for investments in research-based spin-offs in the Dutch medical life sciences industry?. In Therin, Francois.?Handbook of Research on Techno-Entrepreneurship: How Technology and Entrepreneurship are Shaping the Development of Industries and Companies. Elgar reference collection (2 ed.). Edward Elgar Publishing. p.?169.?ISBN?9781781951828. Retrieved?2015-07-23.?<?Business development (BD) involves all activities t???? * developing products and technologies so that they can be commercialized, building relationships with potential partners [?]?>
  2. Jump up^?What, Exactly, Is Business Development?[need quotation to verify]
  3. ^?Jump up to:a?b?S?rensen, Hans Eibe (2012).?Business Development: A Market-Oriented Perspective. John Wiley & Sons.
  4. Jump up^?The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management (2014)
  5. Jump up^?Davis, C. H., & Sun, E. (2006).?Business development capabilities in information technology SMEs in a regional economy: An exploratory study.?The Journal of Technology Transfer, 31(1), 145-161.
  6. Jump up^?Kind, S., & Knyphausen-Aufse?, Z. (2007). What is ?business development?? The case of biotechnology. The Case of Biotechnology. Schmalenbach Business Review, 59(2), 176?199.
  7. Jump up^?Lorenzi, V., & S?rensen, H. E. (2014). Business Development Capability: Insights from the Biotechnology Industry. Symphonya. Emerging Issues in Management, (2), 1-16.
  8. Jump up^??What, Exactly, Is Business Development??.?Forbes. Retrieved?2015-11-09.

Author Robert-Hop

27 years of training, consulting, and coaching techniques honed through the creation of double-digit differences in new store openings around the country for hospitality and clinical operations. Principal in developing companies ranging from retail and consulting to international and multi-state wholesale distributor operations, he today supports these industries in meeting modern-day challenges. With this vast industry experience in his tool belt, he also bolsters the Energetic Life wellness aspect of the employee, guest, family, and interpersonal relationships to assist individuals in achieving their optimal life/work balance.

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