Trends by Function: Business and Corporate Development

Each year, Business Talent Group releases the High-End Independent Talent Report, looking across industries and business functions to analyze how business leaders deploy top independent talent to fill critical skill, expertise, and leadership gaps. Here are the key business and corporate development trends for 2021.

Following the turbulence of last year, corporate development leaders are now charting a path to renewed growth in 2021. From in-depth market research and acquisition due diligence to management of complex post-merger integrations, independents deliver the flexible, in-demand skills companies need throughout the deal cycle.

PROJECT CATEGORIES: Business and Corporate Development

70% Strategy
19% Operations
6% Transformation
4% Organization
1% Interim Executive

 

MOST IN-DEMAND PROJECTS

M&A

Opportunity Assessment

Marketing and Sales

Growth Strategy

Business Intelligence and Analytics

Business Processes

MOST IN-DEMAND SKILLS

Market Landscape and Research

Due Diligence

Program Management Office (PMO)

Growth Strategy

Post-Merger Integration

Portfolio Strategy

Corporate and Business Unit Strategy

SAMPLE BUSINESS AND CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

  • Evaluate the technology and technical capabilities of an acquisition target to ensure alignment with expectations and risk model
  • Identify manufacturers within and outside Asia for key industrial supplies
  • Assess market trends, customer needs, and growth areas within cybersecurity
  • Develop a blueprint for the life science commercial channel of the future
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