Classification of Business Functions
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Purpose of the Classification
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The classification aims to show how enterprises organize their production and supporting functions and, in particular, it helps to understand globalization and global value chains when international sourcing occurs, and domestic value chains when domestic sourcing occurs.
Using this international classification for business functions ensures international comparability of statistics on domestic and international sourcing and global value chain statistics.
The main users are statisticians, economists and policymakers.
Business functions can be thought of as a set of tasks that enterprises must carry out regularly, either internally or externally, to bring goods or services to the market. Examples of such tasks are management, R&D, information technology, marketing and sales, and transportation. Thus, the scope of the CBF covers all these tasks and aims to categorize them into the broader term of business functions. Business functions are typically differentiated from business processes, which refer to work organized temporarily to achieve a specific goal.
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The statistical unit of the classification is restricted to the enterprises as defined in the SNA 2008. The population covers only the market-producing enterprises, as only those enterprises can have a core business function (defined as the production of goods or services for the market).
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