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Business report assignment - Feasibility report

Business report assignment

There are many types of business reports, each having a different focus, but most reports share common stylistic features. This assignment is similar to a recommendation or feasibility report. Follow the guidelines below to write a report about improving a product or service that you are familiar with to make it more sustainable. Write the report as if you were an employee of the company making a recommendation to your boss or the head of your division.

Basic report writing guidelines:

?        Use formal, concise, specific language

?        Include your opinions implicitly (i.e. say what you think without “I think”)

?        Provide evidence and cite sources

?        Structure the report into sections with headings and a topic sentence at the beginning of each section

?        Use lists to present several short pieces of information

For more information about report writing, visit this module’s Writing Skills folder.

Include the following sections in your business report:

Executive Summary

This section provides a summary of the main points in the report. It is usually written last, but comes first so the reader understands the main ideas and their importance to him/her from the beginning.

Include brief descriptions of the problem and opportunity presented in the report, its purpose, and the importance for the target audience (Lewinson, 2010).

For this report, state the purpose of the report, the reason for writing it, and an overview of what it evaluates. Use phrases such as the purpose of this report is to, this report was produced in response to, and the following report evaluates.

Background

This section presents the basic information and context for the audience to understand the suggestion that you present in a later section. Its purpose is similar to an essay’s introduction.

Include a thorough description of the sustainability problem, its negative effects on the environment and the company, why there should be a change, and what that change should be (i.e., what is your best solution?). Fully describe the solution in this section.

If your solution has been implemented elsewhere, mention this and explain why it might work well for your product.

Connect the ideas in this section to what we have learned in this unit and cite your sources.

Solution Analysis

This section analyzes the solution from different sides to reveal its strengths and weaknesses so that you can make a good recommendation.

Consider each of the following aspects, but only write about 3-4 of the strongest ones (include both positive and negative).

?        Feasibility – Will the solution solve the problem? Which aspects will be solved?

?        Cost – How much will the solution cost?

?        Time – How long will it take to solve the problem?

?        Practicality – Will it be possible/easy to do?

?        Ethicality – Is it morally acceptable or right?

?        Legality – Will it violate any laws?

?        Efficiency – Will it give the best results for the amount of time/money/energy spent?

?        Originality – Is this a new solution that avoids the drawbacks or exceeds the advantages of others?

?        Short term effects – Will it have positive/negative effects shortly after implementation?

?        Long term effects – Will it have positive/negative effects into the distant future?

Consider the different components of the sustainability paradigm (social, environment, economic) from the Theis article. As always, cite all ideas that you borrow.

Alternatives and Options

This section briefly presents other possible solutions that are more common or better than your main solution in some way. It helps to show that you have thought about different solutions before making your recommendation.

Include a bulleted list of a few different solutions with a sentence or two for each about its main advantage(s) and disadvantage(s). Cite borrowed ideas.

Conclusion

This section summarizes the work done for the report and gives a final evaluation of the main solution. It tells whether the main solution, an alternative solution, or a combination of solutions should be implemented. Its purpose is similar to an essay’s conclusion.

Recommendations

This section lists the next steps to be taken to implement the solution(s). Use a numbered list for chronological steps. Otherwise, use a bulleted list and prioritize the recommendations in order of importance. Think about what additional information may need to be gathered, which other divisions or stakeholders need to be involved, or other necessary steps that must be taken.

References

This section lists the full reference for each source that is cited in the report. Use APA style.

Report sections adapted from Lewinson, M. (2010). How to write a feasibility study report (FSR). Retrieved from http://www.mymanagementguide.com/feasibility-study-reporting-steps-to-writing-a-feasibility-study-report-fsr/

Business report assignment - Feasibility report

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