in a book titled Knowledge Management in the Intelligence Enterprise, the word business has been used very often. I don't understand its meaning— maybe it means trade or job processes (organisational intelligence) in intelligence organisations?

For example,

This is a book about the management of knowledge to produce and deliver a special kind of knowledge: intelligence—that knowledge that is deemed most critical for decision making both in the nation-state and in business

Knowledge management refers to the organizational disciplines, processes, and information technologies used to acquire, create, reveal, and deliver knowledge that allows an enterprise to accomplish its mission (achieve its strategic or business objectives).

Driven by the complexity of operations on a global scope, national policies and business strategies involve the consideration of many interactive variables

Indeed, intelligence (whether national or business) has always involved the management (acquisition, analysis, synthesis, and delivery) of knowledge

Because of these factors, the management of knowledge to produce strategic intelligence has become a necessary and critical function within nations-states and business enterprises—requiring changes in culture, processes, and infrastructure to compete.

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  • I think the best way to understand the word business is to spell it as: BUSY-NESS. – WS2 Dec 8 '14 at 9:43

This is the ordinary dictionary meaning: a specific commercial enterprise or commercial enterprises generally.

The document you are reading is about "intelligence"; that is, news and information gathered to achieve some specific task. For example, the Central Intelligence Agency is tasked with gathering news and information for the US government.

"Business intelligence" is therefore news and information gathered for conducting your business. If you are a florist, you need to know the weather (so you know when flowers will be available wholesale). If you are a restauranteur, you need to know what foods are becoming popular.

Your other phrases, business strategy, business objective, and so on, can be understood the same way.

  • Moreover, it appears to be frequently comparing and contrasting the administration of a nation-state (a non-profit entity which purports to maintain the well-being of its member citizens) to that of a private business (a for-profit entity designed to make money for its owners and investors via the sale of goods or services). (NB: these definitions are just off the top of my head, as an American English speaker.) – nollidge Dec 8 '14 at 15:09

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