The Importance of Business Growth Strategies

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1.1 Introduction Growth strategy is the organisation formulating their plan to accomplish their objectives and goals to grow in revenue and size of the business. However according to (Bridge, O’Neill and Cromie 2003), she defines growth strategy as a “...the movement of the business into bigger premises, taking on more staff, significant increases of turnover, taking on a new product line or lines, buying another business, and so on” Growth Strategies are important for businesses as they allow the business to move in a formal direction. Businesses can easily be affected by the smallest of changes for example new customers or the arrival of new competitors which could have a negative impact, so planning is very important and takes care of additional effort and resource for faster growth. With these growth strategies, organisations try to achieve numerous things for example, obtaining economies of scale, attaining market leadership and retaining talented staff. 2.1 Organic/Inorganic Growth There are 2 ways that a firm grows, which are organic and inorganic growth. Organic growth is internal growth which means to expand your business and increase your turnover without acquisitions or moving to new markets. This type of growth is more planned, slower and more natural hence the term “organic”. It involves very little change to the organisations structure and can be easily managed. Advantages of organic growth is that it is much safer than rapid growth or growth using external resources through acquisitions and mergers. Not as much capital is needed so there is less risk on your finances. Disadvantages on this type of growth is that it is much slower and that it is very limiting as there is only a certain point that an organisation can ... ... middle of paper ... ...guardian.com/technology/2013/dec/02/apple-buys-topsy-twitter-analytics-report-200m [Accessed: 8 Mar 2014]. Chaurasiya, K. and Profile, V. 2010. Advantages and disadvantages of acquisition | business management strategy. [online] Available at: http://businessofaccouting.blogspot.co.uk/2010/04/advantages-and-disadvantages-of.html [Accessed: 8 Mar 2014]. Hughes, N. 2014. Apple's research & development costs ballooned 32% in 2013 to $4.5B. [online] Available at: http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/10/30/apples-research-development-costs-ballooned-32-in-2013-to-45b [Accessed: 8 Mar 2014]. Mbda.gov. 2014. 5 Types of Company Mergers | MBDA Web Portal. [online] Available at: http://www.mbda.gov/node/1409 [Accessed: 8 Mar 2014]. Sanders, M. 2014. What Is a Company Merger?. [online] Available at: http://smallbusiness.chron.com/company-merger-21903.html [Accessed: 8 Mar 2014].
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