There are many reasons why we write business reports, and there can be variations on the formats used, however the following is the general structure for a report.
The executive summary is an summary of the report including the subject matter, methods of analysis, findings and recommendations.
Table of Contents
This is a list of numbered sections in report and their page numbers.
The introduction provides the terms of reference, and the outline of report’s structure.
Body is not a heading – you should use appropriate headings and sub-headings which reflect the contents of each section. Includes information on method of data collection (if applicable), the findings of the report and discussion of findings.
The conclusion states the major inferences that can be drawn from the discussion in the body and makes recommendations.
Reference List / Bibliography
This is a list of reference material consulted during research for report.
Information to be included in the bibliography includes:
- Name of site and/or article
- Author (if known)
- Date published
- Website address (full)
- Date you accessed the site