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Business Reports and Proposals - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
There are several key points to keep in mind when preparing an effective business report or proposal in the workplace. Depending on your goals and responsibilities, the parameters of your project can shift slightly; however the guidance provided here by an experienced instructor can point you in the right direction. You'll learn about format, purpose, and preparation of these documents. You'll also explore methods of preparing reports as part of a team or committee. At the end of this chapter, you should be able to:
- Describe informational reports and their purpose
- Describe analytical reports and their purpose
- Discuss how informational and analytical reports are prepared, including through such tools as wikis
- Define executive summaries and indicate why they matter
|Informational and Analytical Reports: Definition and Uses||Define informational and analytical reports, and describe the purpose of each.|
|The Planning Processes for Informational and Analytical Reports||Discuss how informational reports are created and developed versus how analytical reports are prepared.|
|Executive Summaries in Business Reports and Proposals||Discuss why executive summaries are important.|
|Collaborative Report Writing Using Wikis||Describe how wikis are used as a tool for collaborative work in preparing reports.|
1. Informational and Analytical Reports: Definition and Uses
In this lesson, you will learn the difference between informational and analytical reporting and their specific uses in the business world in order to help make decisions.
2. The Planning Processes for Informational and Analytical Reports
Informational and analytical reports each have a specific planning process to allow the writer to demonstrate an understanding of a business problem. This lesson explains the differences between the two reports.
3. Executive Summaries in Business Reports and Proposals
Executive summaries in business reports and proposals provide a short, detailed synopsis of lengthy papers that allow business professionals to quickly make decisions. Let's take a deeper look at them in this lesson.
4. Collaborative Wikis: Use, Advantages and Challenges
Collaborative work is an essential part of the business working environment. In this lesson, you will learn the uses, advantages and challenges of wikis in the workplace.
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Other chapters within the Business 113: Business Communication course
- Communicating in the Workplace
- Communication and Diversity
- Communicating in Groups
- Interpersonal & Group Communication
- Leadership in Management
- Roles and Responsibilities of the Supervisor
- Communication as a Supervisor
- Messaging in Business Communication
- Planning to Communicate in the Workplace
- Developing Your Message in the Workplace
- Completing Your Message in the Workplace
- Using Visuals in Workplace Communication
- Communicating with Technology in the Workplace
- Delivering Business Presentations
- Resumes and Cover Letters
- Required Assignments for Business 113
- Studying for Business 113