This dynamic world requires business to evolve, to grow, and to change from time to time. Business development is the motor of social development and thus, source of increasing contributions to our world’s societies. Research in the first Competence Centre of the SGI is dedicated to the following three questions: 1. Productivity and Competitiveness in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) It has been suggested that SME owner-managers in Singapore have the gusto to take up risks, and that they are flexible and responsive to both internal and external forces of change. However, there are clear signs that SMEs are lagging behind large enterprises when it comes to productivity. Yet sustainable competitiveness has less to do with just fixed flows of goods and services, but more with dynamic arrangements based on knowledge creation. The competitive advantage of locations arises not from the availability of low cost inputs, but from superior productivity via inputs. Innovation does not only refer to technology in a narrow sense, but also to management capabilities, organizational flexibility, product positioning and service delivery. This project investigates the skills, organizational structures and processes, and other intangible assets which form the cornerstone of today's competitiveness besides the traditional physical capital and labour factors. 2. Management and Leadership Behaviours in Growth-oriented Enterprises In an increasingly competitive and high operation-cost environment, SMEs have to increase productivity, boost innovation, and develop talents in order to provide higher value-added products. The key drivers for this change are the SME owner-managers. They need to be convinced that restructuring is necessary; they have to be exposed to best practice; and they should be supported in their quest for productivity with appropriate leadership and management tools. This project aims to shed some light on the management practices and leadership behaviour of SME owner-managers. Since most of the scholarly work on leadership originated in Western cultures, this project also attempts to extend such work to the Asian context. 3. Fact-based Analysis and Business Consulting Business Development as a research area is mainly studied through models and economic reasoning. In order to apply theoretical findings, detailed knowledge of the situation at hand is required. In order to "solve a case" and to derive a proposition which is useful in practice, fact-based analysis and a clear methodology is required. Both analysis and methodology thus become objects of research and their significance, effectiveness, and validity must be assessed. The question is how to improve the quality and reliability of the procedures which help to apply theoretical results to practical cases. Faculty and Affiliates who are currently working in the Centre for Business Development are Prof. Dr. Thomas Zellweger, Prof. Dr. Thierry Volery, Prof. Dr. Tomas Casas i Klett, Prof. Dr. Michael Hilb and Dr. Christine Scheef.