Business report

Sections in the business report:

Cover Page

  • Title of Report
  • Prepared for
  • Prepared by
  • Date

Table of Contents

Executive Summary

A one page summary of the entire business report (this should be written last) 

Introduction and Objective

Introduce the opportunity or problem for the company or organization

State the objective of the report (exploring a solution or opportunity along with recommendations for successful adoption) 


Present your research 

  • Secondary research: read and review scholarly, trade, or popular articles


Give an analysis of your research 

  • Add graphics in the analysis of your research, if appropriate 
  • Use an analysis technique to review your research or an aspect of your research, if appropriate (ex; SWOT Analysis, Competitive Landscape Analysis, PESTLE Analysis, MOST Analysis, etc.)

Conclusions and Recommendations

Give the conclusion of the analysis (your interpretation of what it all means) 

Offer recommendations

  • Recommendations should include what needs to be done, who needs to do it, how and when 


All references must be listed in APA format

Appendix (optional)

Add supplementary material that is not an essential part of the report itself but that may be helpful in providing a more comprehensive understanding of the topic

Style of the business report:

  • Between 10-13 pages
  • 10-12 point font
  • Labeled section headings (including subheadings if needed) 
  • Use third person pronouns and no slang. Third person pronounshe, she, it, theyrefer to someone or something being referred to apart from the speaker or the person being addressed.
  • In-text citations and References page needs to be in APA format

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