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Factsheet:

How to write a persuasive business report

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This factsheet was revised in October 2015.

What is a 'business report'?

A business report is a document in which the author analyses a business issue and gives recommendations based on that analysis. It may also be referred to as writing a business case or a manager’s briefing.

HR practitioners are likely to write business reports to summarise their investigations into a particular situation (for example to explain a difficulty in attracting particular talents during the recruitment process) or to support a proposal to introduce a new initiative (for example when introducing a new learning and development programme).

Students are likely to be asked to write a business report as part of their studies, usually as a piece of assessed work. Such reports differ from an essay because they have a much more structured approach.

Reports written by students and HR practitioners will have a similar format, apart from a literature review. It’s unlikely that a report written for a business audience would need a literature review, although there could be some circumstances in which this would be appropriate.

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