strategic business unit (SBU)

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An autonomous division or organizational unit, small enough to be flexible and large enough to exercise control over most of the factors affecting its long-term performance.

Because strategic business units are more agile (and usually have independent missions and objectives), they allow the owning conglomerate to respond quickly to changing economic or market situations.

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The strategic business unit was able to adapt to the quick changes in the market and we were able to analyze all of this as well.
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Our strategic business unit usually soared ad today was no different because they worked very hard and did a great job.
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One of our corporation's most successful strategic business units operates almost completely autonomously, but readily accepts over-arching directives from our organization if and when needed.
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