Compiling A Report:
Compiling a business research report isn’t difficult if you know how to go about it. In this blog, we will briefly elucidate the various components of a business research article.
So without further ado, here we go…
A title page or page title should contain the following:
- A report name and the purpose of the report.
- Name and title of the client as well as the name of the organization for which this report is being created.
- Name of the researcher.
- Date on which the report has been submitted.
This should include a brief summation of your findings, relevant observations, and a logical conclusion, so that the reader can become acquainted with the results of the report without actually having to go through all of it.
Since it’s a summary, it shouldn’t be too long. It can ideally be of any length varying from one paragraph to a maximum of two pages.
The Table Of Contents:
A table of contents enables careful numbering and division of the report into sub-sections. It enables the user to navigate to any section of the report which calls for his attention.
It is useful when trying to locate a certain topic or sub-topic.
An introduction sets the tone for your report. Therefore, in the introduction, you should specify the topic of the report and why it is relevant.
You should also include the various methods included or excluded as well as the method of data collection, i.e. primary or secondary.
This comprises the bulk of you report. It includes the collected data and the related bars, charts and graphs to support your inferences and conclusions. This section should include all your workings, with appropriate headings and descriptions for each.
However, care should be taken to make the report as brief and formal as possible. Excessive words should not be included. Similarly, subject matter which is irrelevant to the topic at hand should be excluded.
An analysis often heralds the end of a report. Relevant inferences derived from the body of the report should be included as subject matter.
Nothing new should be included in the conclusion.
Topics or inferences that have not been touched in the body of the report should never ever be a part of your conclusion.
At the end of the business research report you can include recommendations for your client. These recommendations have to be supported by references, observations and inferences from the report.
Although an Appendix is not really necessary, it can be pretty useful. All information that is too big to be included in the actual report (examples include computer graphics, lengthy mathematical calculations, etc) can be included here.
Referencing gives your report credibility. Therefore, it always makes sense to reference relevant sources while compiling your report.
Furthermore, it makes it easier for the client to cross-check whether the information provided by you is true or false.