Trends by Function: Business and Corporate Development

Each year, Business Talent Group releases our High-End Independent Talent Report, looking across industries and business functions to analyze how business leaders deploy independent consultants, executives, experts, and project managers to complete critical work and meet their goals. Here are the top trends in how corporate and business development leaders deployed these highly skilled talent in 2020.

Corporate and business development leaders prize independents not just for their skills and experience but for the uniquely flexible ways they can be deployed throughout the deal cycle. Independent strategists can assess target values and points of potential synergy, while independent project and change managers make sure things go smoothly during integration.

PROJECT CATEGORIES: Business and Corporate Development

80% Strategy
9% Operations
4% Interim Executive
4% Transformation
3% Organization




Business Intelligence and Analytics

Opportunity Assessment


Growth Strategy

Marketing and Sales Strategy

Product Strategy and Launch



Market Analysis

Corporate and Business Unit Strategy

Due Diligence

Growth Strategy

Consumer Insights

Product Development and Launch

Strategic Planning



  • Review the benefits of various deal structures on an acquisition opportunity
  • Combine and analyze various data sets to optimize sales territories
  • Evaluate the competitive landscape to develop a framework of products, capabilities, and services needed across segments
  • Facilitate strategic planning on a three-year plan for growth and operations
  • Analyze a product’s prospects for sustained growth and competitive risks
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