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  • Writing a business research report

This video explains how to write a business report for postgraduate level students. It covers the introduction, report structure and organisation, writing the report, and business writing.


[slide 1: Topic slide]

[slide 2: Outline]


Sitting at the centre of the screen is: “What am I going to be learning today?” The following four words animate in:

- Introduction

- Report structure and organization

- Writing the report

- Business writing

This resource covers three important features of the writing required for a successful business research report. Following this brief introduction, the second section covers report structure with a focus on suitable ways

to organize content. The third section outlines the features of persuasive writing. And the final section provides tips for strong effective business writing.

[slide 3: What is a business research report?]

A checklist of items that make up a research report:

- Formulates a research

- Reports on research findings

- Recommends actions to achieve desirable outcomes

And is written in a

- Business report format

- Professional business writing style

This assignment provides you with the opportunity to research and write a real workplace report. It will inform the client of important aspects of their research brief. It will also provide recommendations to achieve desirable outcomes. The report will be presented as a written business proposal and as a presentation. This assignment requires a transition from academic writing to professional business writing. A business research report is written in a professional business style that differs from academic writing.

Report structure and organization

[slide 4: Topic slide]

[slide 5: Linear text structure]

[Graphic] Three babushka dolls representing each of the following:

- Whole text

- Paragraph

Overall, reports have a highly structured linear form with a beginning, middle and an end. This is repeated at the section level and the paragraph level.

[slide 6: Part: 1 - Organising content]

A report structure should be broken down into sections, having a beginning, middle and end. An example of this is:

- Executive summary

- Research question

- Problem, context and literature

- Methodology, approach and limitations

- Discussion and data analysis

- Implications (benefits and limitations)

- Recommendation and conclusion

- Considerations of policy adjustments and recommendations for further research

- References

A numbering system is used for the table of contents, and within them a broad example of a research page appears. Here it emphasizes the use of TEEL, and how each paragraph should be linked with one another.

Reports are structured using sections that are clearly organized and use a numbering system. Paragraphs within the sections should be well structured

and ideas should be linked between paragraphs.

[slide 7: Part: 2 - Organising content]

An example of going from general to specific.

- Current trend for businesses to outsource non-core activities

- Increase in demand for Facilities Management (FM) services

- More integrated and strategic approach to providing FM services

- Business now delivers a range of services through a single contract. These include…

General to specific is a useful strategy for organising content in business writing. This is particularly helpful for giving background or an overview.

[slide 8: Report sections]

[Text] We will now go through each of the report sections in detail:

Example. Report structure and headings.

- Report title and authors names

- Recommendations and conclusions

- Consideration of policy adjustments and recommendation for further research

No narration.

[slide 9: Executive summary]

- Briefly summarise the whole report in a logical order

- Outlines context, rationale, objectives, findings, conclusions, recommendations

- Written last, mainly in past tense

A strong executive summary is vital to a successful report as it determines the relevance of the report for the reader. It is the section the reader reads first and provides an overall summary of the whole report. Each major section of the report should be summarised in 1 or 2 sentences.

[Slide 10: Introduction]

- Identifies the main context and issues

- Narrows to project aim/purpose

[Text and graphic example]

Graphic of a triangle point downwards, writing from a general to specific.

Accompanying this the following text:

General (top of the triangle): ‘PICA is a property and financial services company currently offering…’

Specific (bottom of the triangle): ‘PICA requires a business plan for….’

Notice how the introduction narrows the topic from its broader context to the specific purpose of this report. The introduction is written from general to specific, which is a common form found in business writing.

[slide 11: Research question]

Frames the whole report

[Text example]

This report aims to answer the question ‘Is now a good time for PICA to diversify into Facilities Management (FM)’?

- Sub-questions

This research question frames the whole report and focuses the research to a specific area. It is common to have one research question followed by sub questions and these emerge from the larger question being answered.

[slide 12: Problem, context and literature]

Outlines the general situation in the specific business area

- Definitions

- Competitors

- Financial background

The accompanying graphic is of the triangle representation pointing downwards from general to specific.

Problem, context and literature section of the report requires a general

Introduction to the business which then narrows to cover details of competitors and their financial background. Again you are writing from general to specific.

[slide 13: Methodology, approach and limitations]

The research uses an applied strategy with a change focus (Saunders, Lewis & Thornhill 2012).

The main approach is data collection will be This methodology is appropriate because….

The research is based on secondary data, both qualitative and quantitative

Limitations in the research include…

The methodology covers how the research was done, why these methods were chosen, the details of the methods used and the limits of stating explicitly what is covered and what is not.

[slide 14: Discussion and data analysis]

Refer to your research

- Limitations in the research include…

Compare to theory / other research

- Industry bodies and secondary research…

- Eg. This strategy encompasses all aspects of financial reporting (Faulding & Lau 2011)…

Sum up at the end of each section

- In summary, Sydney is well positioned for further growth in residential buildings that require FM services…

It is important to refer to your research to show links between the primary research. In this case industry bodies, secondary research such as academic papers, theory and research and your findings.

[slide: 15: Implications: benefits and limitations]

What do your findings mean for the client?

- The findings outlines above suggests that PICA’s desire to enter the FM industry is expected to be beneficial given that…

- NSW trends demonstrate…

- Evidence suggests that PICA will be required to …

- There are risks associated with entering the FM services market.

It is important to refer to your research to show links between the primary research. In this case industry bodies, secondary research such as academic papers, theory and research and your findings. You need to explain what your research findings mean for your client. These implications will lead into your recommendations in the next section.

[slide 16: Recommendations and conclusions]

[Text and Graphic]

- Restates purpose

- Provides ‘the answer’

- Provides a concluding statement

The accompanying graphic of a triangle representation, this time with it points upward -going from specific to general.


- Suggests steps for further action

Eg. It is recommended that:

o PICA should enter the FM market

o Pica should acquire new…

The conclusion should provide a clear answer to the research question.

The conclusion is the reverse of the introduction it moves from answering the specific research question to showing how it fits into the broader context. In the recommendation section we return to the steps that this specific business should be taking as a result of the report.

[slide 17: Recommendation for further research]

Outline other research

- Based on the research findings, it is recommended that further in-depth analysis be conducted of the competitive landscape.

- PICA should seek legal and tax advice in order to…

Broadening the scope of the research

Examining certain issues in detail

In the final section of your report, outline what other research you think the client should undertake. This could include broadening the scope of the current research or examining certain issues in more detail.

Writing the report

[slide 18: Topic slide]

[slide 19: Paragraphs: TEEL]

[Graphic and Text]

Buns top and bottom: Topic and linking sentence

Condiments and meat: Explanation, evidence and examples

TEEL can be described using a burger metaphor. The topic and linking sentences make up the bun and base of the burger, and the evidence and explanations make the filling.

A paragraph contains one main idea, which is found in the topic sentence.

It is best to put the topic sentence first in the paragraph as this makes reading easier. The rest of the paragraph is made up of explanation and evidence to support the topic sentence.

[slide 20: Paragraph structure: TEEL]

A sample of a paragraph structure is given using the TEEL structure; each of these parts is highlighted.

[Topic] Leighton Contractors is a large-scale FM operation with considerable FM expertise within its own group of companies [end-topic]. [Example] A brief analysis of Leighton’s focus is helpful to PICA as it considers entry to the FM industry as PICA is considering a similar strategy [end-example]. [Evidence] The specific observation of this report is that Leighton focuses its FM operations into specific areas in which its group of companies has expertise, in particular in construction, telecommunications and mining (Leighton Constractors Pty Ltd 2009) [end-evidence]. [Link] This is a key observation as it affirms PICA’s expressed desire to enter FM by leveraging its expertise in Strata Management [end-link].

[slide 21: Persuading the reader]

Grid of icons accompanying the following text:

- Strong topic sentence

- Introduction and summaries for each section

- Effective evaluation and analysis

- Integration of sources to support your view

In a business research report your goal is to persuade the reader to follow your advice. Therefore, it is essential that they believe your understanding of the market is thorough and well researched. The following strategies are useful for writing persuasively.

[slide 22: Strong topic sentence]

[Text examples]

- [underlined] Evolution consulting [end-underlined] recommends that PICA consider acquiring the Port Stevens Group.

- [underlined] The hypothesis [end-underlined] is that now is a good time for PICA to diversify into FM.

Strong topic sentences reinforce your argument and help persuade the reader. Both topic sentences below have a clear direct message.

Notice how the topic sentence comes at the beginning of the sentence.

[slide 23: Introductions and conclusions for sections]

Introduction to a section

It is the belief of the research team that the successful entry into the FM sector will require PICA to target a specific building sub-market.

Conclusion to a section

In a conclusion, from the analysis of overall market trends, PICA would benefit from targeting the residential building sub-market.

Use section introduction and summaries to clearly state and restate your view. This acts as a reminder to the reader and emphasises the consistency

of your argument.

[slide 24: Effective evaluation and analysis]

- Paragraph strategy

- Sentence strategy

It is essential to write convincing evaluations of the strengths, weaknesses and risks. It is this understanding that makes it possible for the company to make decisions about future strategy.

[slide 25: Paragraph strategy]

A graphic illustrating the narration:

At the beginning of a paragraph, the topic sentence (evaluation of risk) should be first written. Followed by an explanation and analysis. Lastly, providing a solution. The language used in the process, should be formal impersonal language.

Here are two useful writing strategies, which make your evaluation

and analysis more effective. They are firstly clear paragraph organization

and secondly use of a formal impersonal style.

[slide 26: Sentence strategy]

Use tentative language

This demonstrates you have a thorough understanding of the level of risk.

- It is advised

- Is minimized

- Will be made

Use passive form

Write in an impersonal style. Suggest your view is based on research rather than opinion.

- Could, would, may, might

- There is a view that,

- There is a perception that

Use active verbs

In business writing it is generally better to write in a

clear and direct style. This includes using active verb forms.

However, when evaluating risks it is useful to write in a more

tentative and indirect style. Using tentative language shows you have a complex understanding of the situation and are aware of the degrees of risk.

It is also useful to write in an impersonal style as this gives your writing authority. It suggest that you are stating the views of the industry or other experts, and not just your own opinion. Passive verb forms generally weaken business writing as they are indirect. However, they are useful in evaluation as their use emphasises the advice itself rather than the voice of the writer.

[slide 27: Integration of sources]

- Supports your view with evidence

- Demonstrates the strength of your research and sources

[slide 28: Referencing in sentences]

Description: Sentence 1:

[Source] ACIF (2013) [end-source] projects that recovery will continue to strengthen for NSW in 2014.

Sentence 2:

Recover of the construction sector will continue to strengthen for NSW in 2014 [source] (ACIF) [end-source]

There are two ways to include references in a sentence at the beginning or at the end. The difference between these two constructions is subtle but it changes the focus of the sentence.

[slide 29: Effects and emphasis]

Source prominent

- Source (ACIF) emphasized as topic

- Common in academic writing where the research itself can be the topic

Information prominent

- Recovery emphasized as topic

- Common in business writing

This sentence emphasizes the source of the information and is common in academic writing. This does not emphasize the view of the student or writer. This sentence puts the information at the beginning of the sentence and emphasizes the writers view. This is useful if the writer wants to persuade the reader to follow his or her advice.

Business writing

[slide 30: Topic slide]

[slide 31: Academic writing and business writing]

Description: Academic

Knowledge and research

- Expected structure

- Academic style

- Uses a range of sources

Business decision-making and action

Workplace / Industry

- Business style

- Uses sources with practical application

There are differences between academic writing and business writing. In academic writing the overall focus is on knowledge and research. In business writing decision making and action are the goal. These differences are important and affect the writing style.

[slide 32: Tips for business writing]

Iconography for the following three points:

- Be direct: Darts board, aimed at the centre

- Be concise: Cutting out words (paper)

- Use strong active verbs: A man lifting up weights

[slide 33: Be direct]

Put the most important information first. So people can easily find it.

Put the topic sentence at the beginning

attitude towards FM services [end-emphasis] have changed to now viewing these costs as life cycle costs (International Facilities Management Association 2011).

[Emphasis] Attitudes towards FM services [end-emphasis] have changed from that of an overhead cost to a life cycle cost (International Facilities Management Association 2011).

Make it easy to read

Clear logical structure, headings, sub-headings and bullet points.

People are busy and will read only minimally. Therefore, one very useful strategy in business writing is to put the most important information first,

so you know the audience will find it. Notice how the first sentence is more difficult to read. In the second sentence the topic is at the beginning of the sentence as this makes the point immediately clear to the reader.

[slide 34: Be concise]

Description: Cut out unnecessary words

Use concise language by replacing wordy phrases with single words.

[slide 35: Use strong active verbs]

Description: Use strong active verbs

[Example 1]

ACIF believes [end-emphasis] that construction projects will experience [end-emphasis] considerable growth in 2014.

[Example 2]

ACIF forecasts [end-emphasis] considerable growth in residential construction investment in 2014.

Strong active verbs convey a clear and remove the need for repetition.

[slide 36: Identify the weaknesses ]

Description: [Poor example]

In terms of non-residential construction projects ACIF (2013) expects that construction investments in NSW will be subject to a considerable growth rate, whereas investments in non-residential construction projects are expected to remain constant for all other region.

How this can be improved

Legend: [strikethrough] = Be concise. [Highlight] = be direct. [Emphasis] = Use strong active words.

[Strikethrough] in terms of [end-strikethrough] [highlight] non-residential [end-highlight] construction projects ACIF (2013) expects [end-emphasis] that [highlight] construction investments in NSW [end-highlight] will be [strikethrough] subject to a considerable growth rate [end-strikethrough] , whereas investments in non-residential construction projects are expected to [end-emphasis] remain constant for all other regions.

[Improved example]

In NSW, construction investment for non-residential projects will grow compared with other regions of Australia (ACIF 2013).

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Lesson 8: how to write a powerful business report.


How to write a powerful business report

business research report examples for students

When a company needs to make an informed decision, it can create a business report to guide its leaders. Business reports use facts and research to study data, analyze performance, and provide recommendations on a company's future.

Watch the video below to learn how to write and format a business report.

The basics of a business report

Business reports are always formal , objective , and heavily researched . Every fact must be clear and verifiable, regardless of whether the report focuses on a single situation or examines the overall performance of an entire company.

Because objectivity is crucial in a business report, avoid subjective descriptions that tell the reader how to feel. For instance, if sales were down last quarter, don’t say “Sales were terrible last quarter,” but rather let the sales data speak for itself. There should also be no personal pronouns, such as “I think we should invest more capital.” A business report should remain impersonal and framed from the company’s perspective.

The structure of a business report

Although the size of a report can range from one page to 100, structure is always important because it allows readers to navigate the document easily. While this structure can vary due to report length or company standards, we’ve listed a common, reliable structure below:

  • Front matter : List your name, job title, contact information, and the date of submission. You can also create a title for the report.
  • Background : State the background of the topic you’ll be addressing, along with the purpose of the report itself.
  • Key findings : Provide facts , data , and key findings that are relevant to the purpose stated in the background. Be clear and specific, especially because the entire report depends on the information in this section.
  • Conclusion : Summarize and interpret the key findings, identify issues found within the data, and answer questions raised by the purpose.
  • Recommendations : Recommend solutions to any problems mentioned in the conclusion, and summarize how these solutions would work. Although you’re providing your own opinion in this section, avoid using personal pronouns and keep everything framed through the company’s perspective.
  • References : List the sources for all the data you've cited throughout the report. This allows people to see where you got your information and investigate these same sources.

Some companies may also require an executive summary after the front matter section, which is a complete summary that includes the report’s background, key findings, and recommendations. This section lets people learn the highlights quickly without having to read the entire document. The size of an executive summary can range from a paragraph to multiple pages, depending on the length of the report.

As mentioned in Business Writing Essentials , revision is key to producing an effective document. Review your writing to keep it focused and free of proofreading errors, and ensure your factual information is correct and presented objectively. We also recommend you get feedback from a colleague before submitting your work because they can spot errors you missed or find new opportunities for analysis or discussion.

Once you’ve revised your content, think about the report’s appearance . Consider turning your front matter section into a cover page to add some visual polish. You can also create a table of contents if the report is lengthy. If you’re printing it out, use quality paper and a folder or binder to hold the report together. To diversify the presentation of your data, try using bulleted lists, graphics, and charts.

Example of a business report

To demonstrate the principles of this lesson, we’ve created a brief business report for you to review.

Let's start by looking at the first page of this two-page report.

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The layout of the front matter is simple and effective, while the background sets the stage in a quick, specific manner. The key findings provide the main takeaways that warrant further investigation, along with a chart to add emphasis and visual variety.

Now let's look at the following page.

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The conclusion features a little of the writer's opinion on the key findings, although the writing is still centered around the company's perspective. The recommendations are clear and supported by the data, while the references are thorough.

While business reports may seem intimidating, you have the ability to create a thorough, informative document through practice and careful research. Collect the facts and present them in an organized, objective manner, and you’ll help your business make informed decisions.



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Research Report

Research Report


Research Report is a written document that presents the results of a research project or study, including the research question, methodology, results, and conclusions, in a clear and objective manner.

The purpose of a research report is to communicate the findings of the research to the intended audience, which could be other researchers, stakeholders, or the general public.

Components of Research Report

Components of Research Report are as follows:


The introduction sets the stage for the research report and provides a brief overview of the research question or problem being investigated. It should include a clear statement of the purpose of the study and its significance or relevance to the field of research. It may also provide background information or a literature review to help contextualize the research.

Literature Review

The literature review provides a critical analysis and synthesis of the existing research and scholarship relevant to the research question or problem. It should identify the gaps, inconsistencies, and contradictions in the literature and show how the current study addresses these issues. The literature review also establishes the theoretical framework or conceptual model that guides the research.


The methodology section describes the research design, methods, and procedures used to collect and analyze data. It should include information on the sample or participants, data collection instruments, data collection procedures, and data analysis techniques. The methodology should be clear and detailed enough to allow other researchers to replicate the study.

The results section presents the findings of the study in a clear and objective manner. It should provide a detailed description of the data and statistics used to answer the research question or test the hypothesis. Tables, graphs, and figures may be included to help visualize the data and illustrate the key findings.

The discussion section interprets the results of the study and explains their significance or relevance to the research question or problem. It should also compare the current findings with those of previous studies and identify the implications for future research or practice. The discussion should be based on the results presented in the previous section and should avoid speculation or unfounded conclusions.

The conclusion summarizes the key findings of the study and restates the main argument or thesis presented in the introduction. It should also provide a brief overview of the contributions of the study to the field of research and the implications for practice or policy.

The references section lists all the sources cited in the research report, following a specific citation style, such as APA or MLA.

The appendices section includes any additional material, such as data tables, figures, or instruments used in the study, that could not be included in the main text due to space limitations.

Types of Research Report

Types of Research Report are as follows:

Thesis is a type of research report. A thesis is a long-form research document that presents the findings and conclusions of an original research study conducted by a student as part of a graduate or postgraduate program. It is typically written by a student pursuing a higher degree, such as a Master’s or Doctoral degree, although it can also be written by researchers or scholars in other fields.

Research Paper

Research paper is a type of research report. A research paper is a document that presents the results of a research study or investigation. Research papers can be written in a variety of fields, including science, social science, humanities, and business. They typically follow a standard format that includes an introduction, literature review, methodology, results, discussion, and conclusion sections.

Technical Report

A technical report is a detailed report that provides information about a specific technical or scientific problem or project. Technical reports are often used in engineering, science, and other technical fields to document research and development work.

Progress Report

A progress report provides an update on the progress of a research project or program over a specific period of time. Progress reports are typically used to communicate the status of a project to stakeholders, funders, or project managers.

Feasibility Report

A feasibility report assesses the feasibility of a proposed project or plan, providing an analysis of the potential risks, benefits, and costs associated with the project. Feasibility reports are often used in business, engineering, and other fields to determine the viability of a project before it is undertaken.

Field Report

A field report documents observations and findings from fieldwork, which is research conducted in the natural environment or setting. Field reports are often used in anthropology, ecology, and other social and natural sciences.

Experimental Report

An experimental report documents the results of a scientific experiment, including the hypothesis, methods, results, and conclusions. Experimental reports are often used in biology, chemistry, and other sciences to communicate the results of laboratory experiments.

Case Study Report

A case study report provides an in-depth analysis of a specific case or situation, often used in psychology, social work, and other fields to document and understand complex cases or phenomena.

Literature Review Report

A literature review report synthesizes and summarizes existing research on a specific topic, providing an overview of the current state of knowledge on the subject. Literature review reports are often used in social sciences, education, and other fields to identify gaps in the literature and guide future research.

Research Report Example

Following is a Research Report Example sample for Students:

Title: The Impact of Social Media on Academic Performance among High School Students

This study aims to investigate the relationship between social media use and academic performance among high school students. The study utilized a quantitative research design, which involved a survey questionnaire administered to a sample of 200 high school students. The findings indicate that there is a negative correlation between social media use and academic performance, suggesting that excessive social media use can lead to poor academic performance among high school students. The results of this study have important implications for educators, parents, and policymakers, as they highlight the need for strategies that can help students balance their social media use and academic responsibilities.


Social media has become an integral part of the lives of high school students. With the widespread use of social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat, students can connect with friends, share photos and videos, and engage in discussions on a range of topics. While social media offers many benefits, concerns have been raised about its impact on academic performance. Many studies have found a negative correlation between social media use and academic performance among high school students (Kirschner & Karpinski, 2010; Paul, Baker, & Cochran, 2012).

Given the growing importance of social media in the lives of high school students, it is important to investigate its impact on academic performance. This study aims to address this gap by examining the relationship between social media use and academic performance among high school students.


The study utilized a quantitative research design, which involved a survey questionnaire administered to a sample of 200 high school students. The questionnaire was developed based on previous studies and was designed to measure the frequency and duration of social media use, as well as academic performance.

The participants were selected using a convenience sampling technique, and the survey questionnaire was distributed in the classroom during regular school hours. The data collected were analyzed using descriptive statistics and correlation analysis.

The findings indicate that the majority of high school students use social media platforms on a daily basis, with Facebook being the most popular platform. The results also show a negative correlation between social media use and academic performance, suggesting that excessive social media use can lead to poor academic performance among high school students.


The results of this study have important implications for educators, parents, and policymakers. The negative correlation between social media use and academic performance suggests that strategies should be put in place to help students balance their social media use and academic responsibilities. For example, educators could incorporate social media into their teaching strategies to engage students and enhance learning. Parents could limit their children’s social media use and encourage them to prioritize their academic responsibilities. Policymakers could develop guidelines and policies to regulate social media use among high school students.


In conclusion, this study provides evidence of the negative impact of social media on academic performance among high school students. The findings highlight the need for strategies that can help students balance their social media use and academic responsibilities. Further research is needed to explore the specific mechanisms by which social media use affects academic performance and to develop effective strategies for addressing this issue.


One limitation of this study is the use of convenience sampling, which limits the generalizability of the findings to other populations. Future studies should use random sampling techniques to increase the representativeness of the sample. Another limitation is the use of self-reported measures, which may be subject to social desirability bias. Future studies could use objective measures of social media use and academic performance, such as tracking software and school records.


The findings of this study have important implications for educators, parents, and policymakers. Educators could incorporate social media into their teaching strategies to engage students and enhance learning. For example, teachers could use social media platforms to share relevant educational resources and facilitate online discussions. Parents could limit their children’s social media use and encourage them to prioritize their academic responsibilities. They could also engage in open communication with their children to understand their social media use and its impact on their academic performance. Policymakers could develop guidelines and policies to regulate social media use among high school students. For example, schools could implement social media policies that restrict access during class time and encourage responsible use.


  • Kirschner, P. A., & Karpinski, A. C. (2010). Facebook® and academic performance. Computers in Human Behavior, 26(6), 1237-1245.
  • Paul, J. A., Baker, H. M., & Cochran, J. D. (2012). Effect of online social networking on student academic performance. Journal of the Research Center for Educational Technology, 8(1), 1-19.
  • Pantic, I. (2014). Online social networking and mental health. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 17(10), 652-657.
  • Rosen, L. D., Carrier, L. M., & Cheever, N. A. (2013). Facebook and texting made me do it: Media-induced task-switching while studying. Computers in Human Behavior, 29(3), 948-958.

Note*: Above mention, Example is just a sample for the students’ guide. Do not directly copy and paste as your College or University assignment. Kindly do some research and Write your own.

Applications of Research Report

Research reports have many applications, including:

  • Communicating research findings: The primary application of a research report is to communicate the results of a study to other researchers, stakeholders, or the general public. The report serves as a way to share new knowledge, insights, and discoveries with others in the field.
  • Informing policy and practice : Research reports can inform policy and practice by providing evidence-based recommendations for decision-makers. For example, a research report on the effectiveness of a new drug could inform regulatory agencies in their decision-making process.
  • Supporting further research: Research reports can provide a foundation for further research in a particular area. Other researchers may use the findings and methodology of a report to develop new research questions or to build on existing research.
  • Evaluating programs and interventions : Research reports can be used to evaluate the effectiveness of programs and interventions in achieving their intended outcomes. For example, a research report on a new educational program could provide evidence of its impact on student performance.
  • Demonstrating impact : Research reports can be used to demonstrate the impact of research funding or to evaluate the success of research projects. By presenting the findings and outcomes of a study, research reports can show the value of research to funders and stakeholders.
  • Enhancing professional development : Research reports can be used to enhance professional development by providing a source of information and learning for researchers and practitioners in a particular field. For example, a research report on a new teaching methodology could provide insights and ideas for educators to incorporate into their own practice.

How to write Research Report

Here are some steps you can follow to write a research report:

  • Identify the research question: The first step in writing a research report is to identify your research question. This will help you focus your research and organize your findings.
  • Conduct research : Once you have identified your research question, you will need to conduct research to gather relevant data and information. This can involve conducting experiments, reviewing literature, or analyzing data.
  • Organize your findings: Once you have gathered all of your data, you will need to organize your findings in a way that is clear and understandable. This can involve creating tables, graphs, or charts to illustrate your results.
  • Write the report: Once you have organized your findings, you can begin writing the report. Start with an introduction that provides background information and explains the purpose of your research. Next, provide a detailed description of your research methods and findings. Finally, summarize your results and draw conclusions based on your findings.
  • Proofread and edit: After you have written your report, be sure to proofread and edit it carefully. Check for grammar and spelling errors, and make sure that your report is well-organized and easy to read.
  • Include a reference list: Be sure to include a list of references that you used in your research. This will give credit to your sources and allow readers to further explore the topic if they choose.
  • Format your report: Finally, format your report according to the guidelines provided by your instructor or organization. This may include formatting requirements for headings, margins, fonts, and spacing.

Purpose of Research Report

The purpose of a research report is to communicate the results of a research study to a specific audience, such as peers in the same field, stakeholders, or the general public. The report provides a detailed description of the research methods, findings, and conclusions.

Some common purposes of a research report include:

  • Sharing knowledge: A research report allows researchers to share their findings and knowledge with others in their field. This helps to advance the field and improve the understanding of a particular topic.
  • Identifying trends: A research report can identify trends and patterns in data, which can help guide future research and inform decision-making.
  • Addressing problems: A research report can provide insights into problems or issues and suggest solutions or recommendations for addressing them.
  • Evaluating programs or interventions : A research report can evaluate the effectiveness of programs or interventions, which can inform decision-making about whether to continue, modify, or discontinue them.
  • Meeting regulatory requirements: In some fields, research reports are required to meet regulatory requirements, such as in the case of drug trials or environmental impact studies.

When to Write Research Report

A research report should be written after completing the research study. This includes collecting data, analyzing the results, and drawing conclusions based on the findings. Once the research is complete, the report should be written in a timely manner while the information is still fresh in the researcher’s mind.

In academic settings, research reports are often required as part of coursework or as part of a thesis or dissertation. In this case, the report should be written according to the guidelines provided by the instructor or institution.

In other settings, such as in industry or government, research reports may be required to inform decision-making or to comply with regulatory requirements. In these cases, the report should be written as soon as possible after the research is completed in order to inform decision-making in a timely manner.

Overall, the timing of when to write a research report depends on the purpose of the research, the expectations of the audience, and any regulatory requirements that need to be met. However, it is important to complete the report in a timely manner while the information is still fresh in the researcher’s mind.

Characteristics of Research Report

There are several characteristics of a research report that distinguish it from other types of writing. These characteristics include:

  • Objective: A research report should be written in an objective and unbiased manner. It should present the facts and findings of the research study without any personal opinions or biases.
  • Systematic: A research report should be written in a systematic manner. It should follow a clear and logical structure, and the information should be presented in a way that is easy to understand and follow.
  • Detailed: A research report should be detailed and comprehensive. It should provide a thorough description of the research methods, results, and conclusions.
  • Accurate : A research report should be accurate and based on sound research methods. The findings and conclusions should be supported by data and evidence.
  • Organized: A research report should be well-organized. It should include headings and subheadings to help the reader navigate the report and understand the main points.
  • Clear and concise: A research report should be written in clear and concise language. The information should be presented in a way that is easy to understand, and unnecessary jargon should be avoided.
  • Citations and references: A research report should include citations and references to support the findings and conclusions. This helps to give credit to other researchers and to provide readers with the opportunity to further explore the topic.

Advantages of Research Report

Research reports have several advantages, including:

  • Communicating research findings: Research reports allow researchers to communicate their findings to a wider audience, including other researchers, stakeholders, and the general public. This helps to disseminate knowledge and advance the understanding of a particular topic.
  • Providing evidence for decision-making : Research reports can provide evidence to inform decision-making, such as in the case of policy-making, program planning, or product development. The findings and conclusions can help guide decisions and improve outcomes.
  • Supporting further research: Research reports can provide a foundation for further research on a particular topic. Other researchers can build on the findings and conclusions of the report, which can lead to further discoveries and advancements in the field.
  • Demonstrating expertise: Research reports can demonstrate the expertise of the researchers and their ability to conduct rigorous and high-quality research. This can be important for securing funding, promotions, and other professional opportunities.
  • Meeting regulatory requirements: In some fields, research reports are required to meet regulatory requirements, such as in the case of drug trials or environmental impact studies. Producing a high-quality research report can help ensure compliance with these requirements.

Limitations of Research Report

Despite their advantages, research reports also have some limitations, including:

  • Time-consuming: Conducting research and writing a report can be a time-consuming process, particularly for large-scale studies. This can limit the frequency and speed of producing research reports.
  • Expensive: Conducting research and producing a report can be expensive, particularly for studies that require specialized equipment, personnel, or data. This can limit the scope and feasibility of some research studies.
  • Limited generalizability: Research studies often focus on a specific population or context, which can limit the generalizability of the findings to other populations or contexts.
  • Potential bias : Researchers may have biases or conflicts of interest that can influence the findings and conclusions of the research study. Additionally, participants may also have biases or may not be representative of the larger population, which can limit the validity and reliability of the findings.
  • Accessibility: Research reports may be written in technical or academic language, which can limit their accessibility to a wider audience. Additionally, some research may be behind paywalls or require specialized access, which can limit the ability of others to read and use the findings.

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How to Write a Business Report

A business report is a collection of data and analyses that helps make relevant information easily accessible to a company. There are many different types of business reports, but this guide will show you the basic outline.

Before You Begin:

  • Think about your audience and their expectations, and plan your report accordingly. For example, are they expecting a formal or informal report? Do they have an understanding of the vocabulary/terms used? Do they require more background information? Do they need to be heavily persuaded?
  • What is the purpose of the report? Make sure this is clear.
  • Gather and organize your supporting information/data/visuals.
  • Focus on the facts.
  • Make sure to be clear and concise, so the report is easy for everyone to read and understand.
  • Use a professional, standard font in a readable size.

Components of a Business Report

  • Table of Contents: Depending on the length of the report, you might want to consider including a table of contents. This will make finding specific information easier for readers.
  • Tip: Even though this is the first section, consider writing this section after you have finished the report. This will help you determine which points are the most important to address.
  • Introduction: This section outlines what you will be going over in your report. It includes the main points, chosen report structure, and, most importantly, the objective of your report.
  • Conclusion: In the conclusion, be sure to briefly summarize all of the main points in the order they were presented in the report.
  • Recommendations: This section is where you provide your recommendations or suggestions based on the findings you noted in earlier sections. Indicate the potential benefits for the company to applying your suggestions.
  • References: Be sure to cite all sources used in the report in this section.
  • Appendices: In the Appendix, you can add relevant documents, surveys, graphs, etc. that you referenced in the report.

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What is a Business Report? (Examples, Tips and How to Make One)

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According to a recent survey by Zapier , 76% of respondents said they spend 1-3 hours a day simply moving data from one place to another. Additionally, 73% of workers spend 1-3 hours just trying to find relevant data or a particular document. Another survey by TrackVia found that 44% of workers spend more than one day per week on manual, administrative tasks such as generating reports .

Fortunately, there are tools available to automate the report creation process and produce high-quality reports efficiently. However, it’s essential to understand the key factors that make a report effective and distinguish your report from the rest, without relying on plain Excel/PowerPoint tools. 

Are you ready to take your report writing skills to the next level?

A business report is a document that presents information in a structured format, typically written for a specific audience or purpose. Business reports are used to convey data, research findings, recommendations, and other types of information in a clear, concise, and organized manner.

Business reports may be written for a variety of contexts. They may vary in length and complexity, depending on the type of information being presented and the intended audience.

You can also jump right into creating business reports by selecting a template and following along this guide, or create a report using our AI-powered report maker for free today.

Table of Contents

General business reporting templates, specialized business reporting examples, other reports, what makes a great business report format, what are the five main parts of a business report, how to present the report in a more visual way, and now, over to you.

  • Progress reports : These are reports used to easily track progress on a particular project or activity, and can be divided into daily, weekly, monthly, or quarterly progress reports.

editable template for progress reports

  • Feasibility reports: These are reports that assess the feasibility of a particular project or initiative, such as a new product or service.

editable template for feasibility reports of a new product

  • Executive Summary Reports: These reports provide a brief summary of a larger report in business management. They are typically used to provide key decision-makers with a quick overview of the report topic.

editable executive summary report template

  • Financial reports : These are reports that present financial information, such as balance sheets, income statements, and cash flow statements, which measure performance of the company.

editable template for business reports about financial review

  • Annual reports : These are reports that provide an overview of an organization’s performance over the course of a year, including company goals, new insights, and average revenue.

modern report template for annual report

  • Sales and Marketing Reports : These reports provide relevant information on sales and marketing activities, such as sales forecasts, customer overview demographics, marketing report and market research, typically created by sales rep.

analytical report template for social media performance

  • Human Resources Reports : These reports provide information on employee-related matters, such as recruitment, training, and performance management.

talent management report template for hr

  • Incident Reports: These reports document workplace incidents, such as accidents, injuries, or security breaches. They may be used for legal or insurance purposes.
  • Environmental Reports: These reports assess the environmental impact of a company’s operations. They may include information on energy consumption, waste management, and carbon emissions.

template for formal business report about global initiatives

  • Investigative reports : These are reports that investigate a particular issue, such as a workplace incident or accident.

investigative report template in infographic format

  • Academic reports: This is an analytical report used in academic settings to convey research findings, such as lab reports, research reports, and case studies.

medical statistics template

  • Technical reports: These are reports that communicate technical information, such as engineering reports, scientific reports, and project reports. It may contain all the relevant explanatory reports and research methods.

editable template for business report about research and experiment

There are several elements that make a great formal business report, including:

Clear purpose and scope

A report can contain a lot of information, it is important not to lose the bigger picture. It should be easy to access the report’s main points through a table of contents at the introduction.

Define the purpose and scope of the entire report : Determine the objectives of the report and the information that needs to be collected to achieve those objectives.

Accurate and relevant metrics/data

Identify the sources of information : Determine where the critical information can be found. Sources can include primary sources such as surveys, interviews, and experiments, or secondary sources such as books, articles, and online databases.

Collect the historical data: Gather the necessary data by conducting interviews, surveys, experiments, analytical reports, or other means. Be sure to record and organize the data in a systematic and organized manner.

The gathering of relevant data is often time consuming. It would be good to collaborate on this process and assign multiple stakeholders different portions of the report so that the information gathering isn’t spent on analytical reports by one individual only. Piktochart has the ability to help you collaborate in teams specifically for this purpose.

Comprehensive analysis

Analyze the data : Once the data has been collected, conduct an in depth analysis to identify patterns, trends, and relationships. Use statistical tools, software, or other analysis methods to make sense of the data.

Go from big picture to small details. It is good practice to create an outline of the report and what should be communicated in official document before going into the actuals of putting the report together.

Break the analysis down into multiple pages. Use a page to convey one main point instead of cramming in multiple charts and figures.

Clear and concise writing

Interpret and present the findings : Draw conclusions based on the data and present the findings in a clear and organized manner. Use charts, tables, graphs, and other visual aids to help convey the factual information.

For example, one may opt for the use of bullet points sparingly and opt to make the sentences shorter and without jargon. A visual layout of two columns may also help in some cases.

Effective communication in research report

A report can be consumed digitally or via print. If it’s consumed digitally e.g. in a single dashboard , you can provide a TLDR summary or explanatory report for the readers via email so that they would know what to expect.

Visual aids

The best option here is to go with diagrams, images, tables and charts that help to convey the main point of a particular page.

If the report is hosted online, it is also possible to include other videos or audio content to get the viewers interested.

Recommendations and conclusions

Revise and finalize the report: Review and revise the report to ensure that it is accurate, complete, and well-organized. Be sure to proofread for spelling errors, grammar mistakes, and punctuation.

It is important to address the concerns that the key decision maker has about the progress report and aid decision making process. The language and tone of the report should always be future-looking and positive. You can do this by balancing potential risks and key opportunity areas.

Professional formatting and presentation

Aim to use brand colors and fonts throughout the whole presentation. These “tiny” signals give the impression that the report has been professionally designed.

infographic about elements of great business reports

Business reporting typically includes:

  • Introduction that provides background information. The title and table of contents can go here. Occasionally, it also includes some brief opening remarks from the leadership team.

table of contents of a business report

  • Main body that presents the data or findings. This can be broken down into several pages and it is best to present one salient piece of information per page. The aim is not to reduce the number of pages, but to go for concise writing so that there is a strong message per page.

good example of a page with charts and maps in business report

  • Conclusion that summarizes the key points.

conclusion page of a business report

An important part of conclusion is recommendations for further action. A report would be incomplete if it does not bear any future-forward messages for the business/activity.

recommendation in conclusion page

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Use charts and diagrams

Visual aids such as pie charts, bar graphs, and line graphs can help to convey complex information in a clear and concise manner.

Choose the right type of chart or diagram

There are many different types of charts and diagrams available, including bar charts, pie charts, line graphs, scatter plots, flowcharts, and more. Choose the type of chart or diagram that best represents the data you are presenting and is most appropriate for your audience.

charts and diagrams help in presenting accurate information

Keep it simple

While charts and diagrams can be useful for presenting complex information, it’s important to keep them simple and easy to understand. Avoid cluttering your chart or diagram with too much information, and use clear and concise labels and titles.

Use appropriate scaling

When creating a chart or diagram, it’s important to use appropriate scaling to ensure that the data is accurately represented. Make sure that the scale of the chart or diagram is appropriate for real value of the data you are presenting, and avoid distorting the data by using uneven scales.

Provide context

Charts and diagrams can be difficult to interpret without proper context. Make sure to provide context for your data by including clear and concise explanations of what the chart or diagram represents and how it relates to the rest of the report.

Use color strategically

Color can be a powerful tool for highlighting key data points or drawing attention to important information. However, it’s important to use color strategically and sparingly to avoid overwhelming your audience.

Use color sparingly

Color can help to highlight important information and make the report more visually appealing.

While color can be a powerful tool for emphasizing important information, using too much color can be overwhelming and distracting. Use color strategically to draw attention to key data points, headings, or other elements that you want to emphasize.

use color to draw attention to important information

Choose colors carefully

When selecting colors, consider the target audience and purpose of the report.

Stick to a color scheme that is appropriate for the subject matter and aligns with the company’s branding. Avoid using too many bright or bold colors, which can be jarring to the reader.

add context to your numbers using colors

Use contrast

One of the most effective ways to use color in a business report is to create contrast between different elements. For example, use a bold color for headings or subheadings to make them stand out from the surrounding text.

use contrast to highlight information

Use color to organize information

Color can be a useful tool for organizing information and making it easier to scan. Consider using color to create sections or categories within the report, or to distinguish between different types of data.

Be consistent

To avoid confusion, it’s important to be consistent in your use of color throughout the report. Use the same colors for the same types of information, and make sure that the colors you use are consistent with the company’s in house format or branding guidelines.

Use a consistent layout

Using a consistent layout throughout the report broken down by headings and subheadings can help to make it more visually appealing and easier to follow.

A single-column format is often used because it is easier to read and allows for a more logical flow of information. It also allows for the use of larger fonts and more white space, which can help improve readability.

In some exceptions, some reports may use a multi-column layout, typically with two columns, if they contain a large amount of data or if the report is intended to be read on a digital device, such as a tablet or computer screen. A multi-column format can help improve the organization of the data and make it easier to compare information across different sections.

Choose an appropriate and concise length

Do not cram too much information within a single page. Here are some more helpful tips on the language that you can use for business reports.

Use active voice

Active voice makes your writing clearer and more concise, and it can help you communicate your ideas more effectively.

For example, instead of writing “The report was analyzed,” write “We analyzed such a report.”

use active voice in business reports

Avoid overly technical language

While some technical language may be necessary, avoid using jargon or technical terms that your readers may not be familiar with. If you must use technical terms, provide clear definitions or explanations.

Use simple, clear sentences

Avoid long, convoluted sentences that are difficult to understand. Instead, use simple, straightforward sentences that clearly communicate your ideas.

Don’t use more words than necessary to convey your message. A sentence should not contain more than 20-30 words (unless you’re writing a technical or academic report).

The average length of an annual report is 10,000 words (50 pages) for a smaller company and 50,000 (150 pages+) words for an enterprise. Typically, not every page contains text, as some may have more charts/tables.

average length of annual reports

Use bullet points, tables, and graphs to help convey your ideas concisely.

Use appropriate tone

The tone of your report should be professional and objective. Avoid using emotional language or language that is overly informal.

For example, “I’m totally excited to announce that our new product is going to blow the competition out of the water! It’s absolutely amazing and customers are going to love it.”

Use bullet points, tables, and graphs to help convey your ideas concisely  Use appropriate tone  The tone of your report should be professional and objective Avoid using emotional language or language that is overly informal  For example i am totally excited to announce that our new product is going to blow the competition out of the water It's absolutely amazing and customers are going to love it

This sentence uses informal language (“totally excited”) and emotionally charged language (“blow the competition out of the water,” “absolutely amazing,” “customers are going to love it”) that may not be appropriate for a business report.

Ultimately, the language you use in your business reports should be tailored to your audience and the purpose of the most professional business report itself. Consider who will be reading the formal business report and what information they need to know, and adjust your language accordingly.

infographic about tips in presenting business reports with visual interest

For more information, you can check out a step by step guide to create your business report sample. You can also browse our template gallery and select a template to get started.

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Student Research Report

business research report examples for students

Students who are in the process of graduating know that a research report is important. Especially when you are in the process of doing it. Students are no strangers to making reports. Let alone when it happens to be about a research project, a progress report or something that is made as a requirement in order for them to graduate. Making a research report is one thing, but making a student research report is another. What others may fail to notice is that the different types of reports that students and the faculty go through are a lot of paperwork or a lot of documents that are important. Research reports are important, and for a very good reason. To get to know more about student research reports, here are some examples of a student research report. 

10+ Student Research Report Examples

1. student research report template.

Student Research Report Template

2. Sample Student Research Report

Sample Student Research Report

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3. Graduate Student Research Progress Report

Graduate Student Research Progress Report

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4. Student Research Report Format

Student Research Report Format

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5. Student Research Council Report

Student Research Council Report

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6. Graduate Student Research Progress Tracking Report

Graduate Student Research Progress Tracking Report

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7. Student Research Report in PDF

Student Research Report in PDF

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8. Basic Student Research Report

Basic Student Research Report

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9. Student Research Report Example

Student Research Report Example

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10. Printable Student Research Report

Printable Student Research Report

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11. Law Student Research Report

Law Student Research Report

What Is a Student Research Report?

A student research report as the name suggests, is a specific kind of research report that focuses on the projects and research made or done by students. The research report consists of the necessary information or details that make up the research or the project that they are required to do. In addition to that, a student research report, gives out details that have been conducted about the student’s research paper. A student research report is a document that is often used as an academic source for a specific topic for research.

How to Make a Student Research Report

What makes a student research report a student research report? Apart from the information that is needed for the report. We know the importance but the next question is how does one even make it. Take a look at the following steps to making a student research report.

1. The Use of Third Person

Writing a student research report, you may find it uses a third person point of view. The use of third person is the normal and standard format for making the research report and should be followed at all costs. Using a different set of points of view may confuse the reader.

2. Do Your Research on Your Project

What better way than to be able to write about your research report than to research on the project you are going to be making. The reason for this is to ensure you that your research is important. Not being able to research what you are going to do will make it more difficult for you to do it. 

3. Make an Outline of Your Research Paper

Outlining your research paper will help guide you as you write along. Since making research papers or even research reports can be tiring and oftentimes confusing, it is always best to outline or make a backbone for your research. To be able to figure out which goes first and what follows. Outlines are a useful tool you can also rely on.

4. Clear and Concise

Lastly, just like making any kind of report, it is always best to make your reports clear and concise. The person reading your report will appreciate the fact that you are making your information clear and concise. In order for them to grasp what you are saying, make it as simple and easy to grasp as possible.

What is a student research report?

A student research report is a kind of research report that gathers the information through words, charts, graphs and research about a distinguished topic.

Why is it so necessary to make it clear and concise?

The reason for making your research clear and concise is to ensure that your readers are able to grasp the point of your research. What your research is about may make sense to you, but it does not necessarily mean it will also make sense for others. To avoid that issue, make it clear.

Is it a requirement for students to make their research report?

In order for them to graduate or pass the course, they are given a set of research reports to do in order for them to summarize what they have learned throughout.

It goes without saying, for students to go through a lot of research, there will come a point that they must also be writing a report about it. The research report is a necessary tool for the student to show what they have learned, what they understood and to give out the progress of their research in the form of a report.


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50+ Essential Business Report Examples with Templates

Written by: Sara McGuire May 29, 2023

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Reports may not be the most exciting communication format. But they’re important.

To make smart decisions about budgeting, marketing strategies, product development and growth strategies, you can’t rely on gut feeling alone.

And if you’re trying to sway stakeholders, creating a report with a simple, elegant design and creative data visualizations is guaranteed to impress.

This guide will deliver the most essential business report templates you can edit with Venngage, plus design tips and best practices.

Top business report templates (click to jump ahead):

What is a business report?

  • Annual reports
  • Project status reports
  • Budget reports
  • Sales reports
  • Marketing reports
  • Case studies
  • White papers
  • How to create a business report in 6 steps
  • What are the types of business reports
  • Business report template FAQs

A business report is a document that delivers important information about a company’s performance, financial health, a particular project, or other aspects that influence its decision-making process. 

Business reports come in various formats, such as PowerPoint presentations and online dashboards, offering more than just traditional files and spreadsheets.

They are crucial for organizations as they provide vital details that guide decision-making for business owners and managers.

They act as GPS, highlighting essential aspects like customer satisfaction, operational efficiency, and financial figures. Business reports serve different audiences and purposes, delivering information in a clear and engaging format for both internal and external stakeholders.

Want a quick rundown of some of the business report templates in this blog? Check out this video tutorial:

1. Annual Report Templates

An annual report is an all-encompassing document that allows you to reflect on your company’s past year, including:

  • Your company’s mission statement
  • Your company’s growth (financially, product-wise, culture-wise)
  • Your statement of income and cash flow
  • Your various business segments
  • Information about the company’s directors and executive officers
  • Information about your company’s stock and dividends
  • Wins and success stories

A lot of that sounds pretty dry, doesn’t it?

There’s actually a lot to be excited about in that list. You’re talking about how your company has grown, your wins (and maybe a few losses), and what’s on the horizon for the coming year.

You can bring that story to life in your annual report design  and we have business report samples to inspire you.

This annual business report example uses a variety of charts and unique sections like “program highlights” to tell the agency’s story:

National Agency Annual Report Template

Think about how you can represent your company visually:

  • Are there photos you can include of your business in action?
  • What fonts and colors reflect your business’s personality?
  • Are there icons you can use to illustrate certain concepts?

The below annual report design uses an energizing orange and yellow color scheme and cute icons. The format is highly visual and modern. All this reflects a dynamic company that’s optimistic about the future.

Food Corporate Annual Report Template

This company annual report template uses a mountain motif to reflect the company’s ambitious goals. Take a look at how the different sections of the report (“Strategy”, “Finance” and “Performance”) are color-coded to make the report easier to scan:

Annual Finance Report

In the business report example below, the sleek, modern design with bold color accents reflects design trends in the games industry, which would appeal to stakeholders.

Retro Year End Annual Report Template

The same design ideas can be applied to an annual report presentation.

Take this annual report presentation for a coffee shop company. The whole design reflects the coziness of a coffee shop, from the softly filtered photos to the old-fashioned font:

annual report templates

A few annual report best practices:

  • Create an eye-catching cover for your report
  • Tell your company’s story in your annual report design by using thematic visuals, like background images and icons
  • Pick a decorative font for headers and pair it with a more minimalist font for body text
  • Look for opportunities to visualize data using infographics , charts and pictograms

Related : Our blog post with 55+ annual report templates , plus design tips and best practices.

2. Project Status Report Templates

Communication is central in any project. Consultants, agencies and freelancers especially want to be as transparent as possible. That is why a project status report template is one of the business report examples we are sharing in the article.

A project status report is crucial for communicating updates on what you’ve accomplished and what’s still pending. It also helps you flag any issues, either current or on the horizon. This helps build trust with the client.

The project status report template below communicates key information in an easy-to-understand format.

business report templates

The above template lets you alert the client if the project is:

  • Suffering from budget or scope creep
  • On track in terms of schedule
  • Healthy or not i.e. milestones completed on schedule, issues resolved

You can add bullet points on the second page to quickly flag key issues that are impacting project success.

Related : Our post on how to write a project management plan .

Simple Project Status Report Templates

Avoid ad-hoc emails or meetings. Use a simple project status report template to present your latest work and keep everyone on the same page, without endless back and forth.

Simple Project Status Report Template

The project status report below would work well for weekly updates.

This template lets you quickly provide an overview to busy stakeholders, who’ll be able to spot key project issues and progress  at a glance.

business report templates

Project Status Report Template PPT

Big updates might require consultants to communicate the status of a project in person. The below presentation template uses charts and data visualization to get your key points across immediately.

Clients or other stakeholders can see what’s been accomplished and when, while the last slide leaves room for what’s still pending.

business report template

A few project status report best practices:

  • Include a summary of all important tasks currently in progress. If you have a weekly meeting with the client, this section will probably serve as the jumping-off point for your conversation.
  • Stakeholders should be able to tell at a glance if the project is way off schedule or there are too many unresolved issues.
  • Document all outstanding problems and concerns. It’s important to have a record in case you run into issues with the client later on.

Related : Our post with 30+  project plan examples plus design tips.

3. Budget Report Templates

This is Business 101: on a quarterly or yearly basis, you should be analyzing your budget, expenses and revenue.

A budget report typically breaks down:

  • The different categories of your budget
  • The last year or quarter’s spending for each category of your budget
  • Areas where you may need to cut or increase spending
  • Forecasts for the coming year or quarter

Business Monthly Expenses Template

A full budget report is a bit too dense to pass around a room during a meeting.

But, a visually engaging presentation or one-page summary, like the business report example below, is perfect for keeping your team and stakeholders up to speed.

Modern Monthly Budget Report Template

You can provide an overview of the last period’s spending by category, and highlight the amount you saved or exceeded the budget by.

For example, take a look at this summary budget report slide that uses a thematic background image to make it more engaging:

budget report templates

A quick summary page is also the perfect opportunity to creatively visualize data.

While tables are certainly efficient for comparing amounts spent, you could also use a more unusual visual like a bubble chart. This is because unique visuals make memorable business report examples.

budget report templates

Forecast Budget Template

A forecast is an essential business report that shows where a business is headed financially. It’s not a plan for the future, but rather its current short-term direction .

Use this forecast template to project your businesses’ revenue, and take appropriate action.

Modern Forecast Budget Template

A few budget report best practices:

  • Clearly label the period the report covers (monthly, quarterly, yearly)
  • Provide a brief description of each section of your report, to highlight important insights
  • Use a table to compare amounts of money saved vs. spent
  • Use bar charts, pie charts and bubble charts to visualize budget allotment
  • Highlight important insights using contrasting colors, bold fonts and icons

4. Sales Report Templates

If you aren’t tracking your sales on a weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly basis, it’s time to start.

Creating a sales report for different time periods can help you identify trends, as well as an opportunity for growth. Regularly reporting on your sales can also help your team stay focused on your goals.

What should be included in a sales report?

A sales report typically covers any of the following data:

  • An overview of sales goals and whether or not those goals are being met
  • Revenue and expenses
  • Sales forecasts for the upcoming periods (month, quarter, year)
  • Products and services that are selling the most and ones that are lagging
  • Number of leads and conversion rates for a given period
  • Any challenges or roadblocks

Weekly sales report template

Consider making  sales reporting  a segment of your weekly team meetings. You may want to provide a quick update for company-wide meetings and a more in-depth report for sales and marketing team meetings.

Here’s an example of what a quick weekly sales report could look like:

sales report templates

The slide simply covers the total sales for the week and compares them to previous weeks to highlight growth.

While this sales report presentation digs deeper into KPIs (key performance indicators) and conversions :

sales report templates

Monthly sales report template

For a monthly, quarterly or yearly sales report, you will probably want to go more in-depth into your metrics as you plan for upcoming periods.

That said, you don’t want to produce a 62-page text-heavy document no one will read. Surprise your client or boss with a fresh new way of doing things that are engaging and concise. You’ll differentiate yourself as an innovator.

For example, the following monthly sales report template uses a variety of charts and tables to keep the data fresh:

Gradient Monthly Sales Report Template

The below sales report template will help you visualize key sales metrics using pie charts, bar graphs and tables. The weighted text and icons help organize information in an easily digestible way.

business report templates

Making your sales report easily accessible will help build your reputation as someone who’s transparent and trustworthy.

A few sales report best practices:

  • Clearly identify the time period you are reporting on
  • Use descriptive section headers and include descriptions for any charts or tables that need more clarification
  • Provide context for readers, explain any major trends they should be aware of, any challenges your team encountered, and how the goals have been impacted
  • Use line charts and bar graphs to show changes over time and highlight trends
  • Emphasize key metrics in big, bold fonts (for example, the total sales for a given week)
  • Use contrasting colors to emphasize keywords or one point on a graph

Related :  5 ways to host a more successful sales demo  by using images.

5. Digital Marketing Report Templates

If you’re a SaaS or e-commerce business, I don’t have to tell you how important digital marketing is. It’s the thing that can make or break many small businesses.

In order to scale and grow your business , it’s important to make informed, deliberate digital marketing decisions.

That means always looking for ways to improve your search rankings, grow your social media engagement, and optimize your ad campaigns.

A ‘ digital marketing report ‘ is a pretty broad term for a report that could be an overview of all your digital marketing channels or one particular channel.

A digital marketing report that covers all your main marketing channels  could include any (or all) of the following data:

  • An overview of your current digital marketing strategy
  • Your main marketing goals and whether or not they are being met
  • An overview of your conversion metrics, including the number of leads, paid vs. organic leads, and your cost per conversion
  • An overview of your traffic metrics, organized by channel
  • An SEO overview , including any chhttps://growthbarseo.com/anges in rankings for target keywords
  • An overview of PPC campaigns you’re running, including clickthrough rate, ROI and cost per click
  • An overview of your social media channels, including engagement metrics and leads from specific channels

For example, take a look at this digital marketing report template that dedicates one page to each channel. Note how the company’s branding has also been incorporated into the design by using the brand’s colors and visuals that reflect the computer theme:

digital marketing report templates

In a digital marketing report that focuses on one specific marketing channel, you will probably want to go more in-depth into each metric.

For example, in a social media report, you should cover:

  • A comparison of your performance on specific social media channels like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube (you could try visualizing it with a  comparison infographic )
  • Specific engagement metrics like impressions, clicks, subscriber count, likes and comments
  • An overview of your followers, including demographic information like age, gender and profession
  • Conversion metrics from each specific social media channel

The below social media report visualizes some of these key metrics.

business report templates

As a consultant, you may be gifted in social media marketing but totally flummoxed by all things design. Look better than you are by using the above template. It’ll help you present your findings in a way that’s effective and professional, while still managing to be playful and engaging.

If you’re concerned about organizing information by channel, here’s an example of a social media marketing report presentation that uses colored columns to make it easy to scan for a specific channel’s metrics:

digital marketing report templates

A few digital marketing report best practices:

  • Provide an overview of the performance of all your channels, or a particular channel
  • Organize your report by channel (“Organic Search”, “Social Media”, “PPC”) or by specific campaigns/projects
  • If your report is long enough, include a table of content to make it easier for readers to navigate your report
  • Use bar charts and tables to compare your performance on different marketing channels
  • Use icons to emphasize key information and visualize different channels (for example, different social media networks)
  • Try to communicate your information concisely and focus on only one topic per page or slide

Related : Our post on what is a marketing plan and how to write and design one for maximum effectiveness.

6. Competitor Analysis Templates

Get the attention of marketers with a competitor analysis report. The best reports show exactly what a company must face off (and beat) to be successful.

A competitor analysis report usually has the following sections:

  • Product summary
  • Competitor strengths and weaknesses
  • Competitor strategies and objectives
  • Outlook: is the market growing? Flat? Splintering into niche segments?

The following competitor analysis template neatly organizes these categories into compact sections and highlights important stats. Stakeholders can quickly compare them with their own company’s numbers and get an immediate sense of how they measure up.

business report templates

Using a pre-designed competitor analysis template is also a great idea for consultants who want to set themselves apart from big consulting firms or boutiques. Visualizing data is a way to set yourself apart as numbers-focused, unique and innovative, as in this business report example.

business report templates

A few competitor analysis report best practices:

  • If you’re listing all competitors, add those entering the market in the next year as well as indirect competitors who sell to the same customers as yours.
  • Find customer satisfaction surveys for competitors (usually carried out by trade press) and include their findings.
  • Talk to the sales department to get a sense of the competitor’s customers.
  • Do informal research on the competitor’s strengths and weaknesses. Talk to journalists who cover this specific industry. Don’t just rely on online information.

Related : Our post on how to create a competitor analysis report (with templates).

7. Case Study Templates

One of the business report examples on our list is the business case study. Though not a report exactly, a case study analyzes a particular aspect of a company or a situation it faced. A consultant may need to write one as part of a corporate training program they’re developing.

Case studies usually focus on one of these situations:

  • Startup or early-stage venture
  • Merger, joint venture, acquisition
  • Market entry or expansion
  • New project or product
  • Pricing optimization
  • Profitability
  • Industry landscape
  • Growth strategy

What makes case studies unique is how they tell a story. They include background information on the company, a protagonist or key players, the situation and outcomes.

The below case study template has plenty of space for this narrative while using icons and numbers to highlight key details.

Bold Social Media Business Case Study Template

Make sure to include a conclusion that contains your key findings. Why did the protagonist make the decisions she made? What were the outcomes? What can we learn from this? Circle back to the key question the case study raises and answer it.

Business case study template

Business case studies are usually teaching tools to show how real companies approached a particular scenario or problem. The case study usually reflects a business theory and demonstrates its real-life application.

For example, the following business case study template shows how a crafts retailer uses earned media to drive engagement-heavy traffic.

Light Simple Business Case Study Template

This is another version of the above case study. Notice the changes in branding in this business report example that sets it apart from the previous template.

Blue Simple Business Case Study Template

Marketing case study template

Case studies are a powerful form of marketing as they show a potential customer how existing customers are already using your product or service to meet their goals.

For example, this social media marketing case study illustrates how Toy Crates used content marketing to radically increase their sales:

Coral Content Marketing Case Study Template

A few case study best practices:

  • Outline any constraints and challenges the protagonist of the case study faced that affected her decision (such as a tight deadline).
  • Attach supporting documentation, such as financial statements.
  • Include an original title, such as “Design Thinking and Innovation at Apple.” The title should mention the company and the subject of the case study.

Related : Our post on how to write and design a case study .

8. Growth Strategy Templates

Setting goals for your business might seem easy in theory… but setting ambitious yet realistic goals can actually be quite challenging.

At Venngage, we follow these 5 steps to set our goals:

  • Identifying and set high-level goals.
  • Understand which inputs and outputs impact those goals.
  • Run experiments to impact those inputs.
  • Validate those experiments.
  • Foster accountability for the results within the team.

For a more in-depth look at this process read our  growth strategy guide .

For example, if you’re a SaaS company, your high-level goals would probably be a specific number for revenue, a number of daily active users or employee count, like in the business report template below:

Company Growth Infographic Template

Once you’ve identified your high-level goals, the next step is to identify your OKRs (Objective Key Results), the metrics that impact your goals. Generally, you will probably want to break down your OKRs by channel.

So, if one of your goals is to hit a certain number of daily active users, your OKRs could be organized by:

  • Acquisition OKRs, like organic traffic and paid traffic
  • Conversion OKRs, like conversion rate
  • Retention OKRs, like retention rate

Once you’ve identified your OKRs, you can come up with experiments to run that will impact those OKRs.

At Venngage, we use a weekly sprint to plan, execute and analyze our growth experiments. But I know other companies that use longer sprints, like two-week or month-long sprints.

Before you run an experiment, you should validate that it’s an experiment worth running. You can do that by identifying which goal it impacts, what resources the experiment will require, and how much effort you anticipate it will take to run the experiment.

This is the exact marketing sprint validator template that our marketing team uses when we schedule growth experiments:

business report templates

After you’ve run a growth experiment, it’s extremely important to track your results.

At the end of every sprint, take a good chunk of time to analyze your experiments to see what learnings you can take from them. Then, classify an experiment as a “Winner” or “Loser” based on whether or not the results lined up with your hypothesis.

You can use your results from the sprint that just ended to inform your experiments in the upcoming print.

Here’s an example of a sprint release and results template that you could use. Note how each experiment is owned by a team member to foster accountability for the process and results:

business report templa

A few growth strategy report best practices:

  • Divide your growth strategy reports into color-coded columns based on goals, OKRs, or stages in a sprint
  • Use icons like checkmarks and x’s to identify winning experiments and losing experiments
  • Include brief descriptions on each template, to make it easy to understand
  • Attribute each growth experiment to a team member, to foster accountability for the process and results
  • Use your company colors, fonts and logo to maintain consistent branding across all of your communications

Related : Our complete guide to developing a growth strategy checklist.

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9. Market Research Report Templates

Even after you’ve launched your business, it’s a good idea to do regular market research. You can use your research to plan and refine your marketing strategies, to identify new prospective customers and product plan.

Market research generally involves gathering information about the needs, problems and wants of your customers. This research can help you come up with your customer personas and specific problems you want to solve with your product or service.

You can conduct market research in two ways:

  • Qualitative research (calls, focus groups)
  • Survey research

For example, many consultants struggle to get buy-in from various stakeholders. The boss may be constantly changing the scope of the project based on a whim, such as the latest article he’s scoured from the internet! Employees may be set in their ways and resistant to incorporate consultants into their workflow.

One way to get clients on board and build trust is to provide stats and research that support your recommendations.

Here’s a market research business report example that lays out the industry landscape and gives clear guidance on the way forward, all backed up by facts.

business report templates

This cheerful, icon-heavy market research report should help energize reluctant stakeholders. Packaging new (and sometimes daunting) information in fresh ways can help break through resistance.

business report templates

You may also want to look at competitor statistics and industry trends. This template includes a competitor case study, including website analytics, and a SWOT analysis :

business report templates

When it comes to creating your market research report, you may want to do an in-depth overview of all of your market research. Or you may want to focus on one area of your research, such as your survey results.

Survey Report Template

This survey report template helps visualize your findings; the pictogram and chart make the findings easy to understand.

Survey Data Infographic Report TemplateSurvey Data Infographic Report Template

The one-slide market research report identifies the demographics of the survey participants. The report categorizes participants by their jobs, locations, and the topics that they find most engaging. Note how each persona is visualized using an icon:

market research report templates

This business report example highlights how you can give your team and stakeholders a quick overview of your main market and what topics they’re interested in.

One of the purposes of a market research report is to present any conclusions that you came to after analyzing the data.

These could be conclusions about who your target customers are, areas where you can expand your business, and customer needs that aren’t currently being met. The below business report example visualizes this data and also provides space to draw your own conclusions.

business report templates

Here’s an example of a market research report template that emphasizes key findings in the larger text before providing supporting data:

market research report templates

A few market research report best practices:

  • Use icons to illustrate your customer personas
  • Use charts and graphs to compare demographic information like customer age, gender, location, and occupations
  • Include the main conclusions you came from after analyzing your data
  • If your market research report is long enough, include a table of contents
  • Include a brief summary of your data collection methods , including the sample size

10. White Paper Templates

White papers are great tools to educate and persuade stakeholders. Consultants can also use them to improve their reputation vis-a-vis big consulting firms and boutique firms or use them as lead magnets  in Facebook ads etc.

As always, a polished design is much more likely to engage senior leaders or potential clients.

A business report template or consulting report template is the fastest way to produce something that’s both attractive and easy to understand.

The below consulting report example has a full page dedicated to visuals. It’s the perfect way to break up the text and let it breathe. It also reinforces the information.

business report templates

Browse our library of thousands of professional, free stock photos to swap in images that suit your topic best. Or upload your own.

Our editor makes it simple to adapt any of our business and consulting report templates to your needs. Change the text, fonts, photos, icons, colors, anything you want.

The next business report template is perfect for marketers and marketing consultants. It has an inviting and fun (but still professional) cover page that quickly communicates the content marketing process using icons.

business report templates

Venngage has an extensive library of thousands of custom, modern and diverse icons you can swap into the above consulting report example. For instance, you could add the Twitter or Facebook logo or a “thumbs up” icon.

Then, click on the template’s chart or graph (pages four and five) to add your own data.

Struggling with organizing information in your reports?  It’s important for consultants and marketers to find a way to communicate key takeaways, and not overwhelm your reader with data.

The below consulting report template uses filled text boxes and icons on the third page to highlight top findings.

business report templates

Different-colored headers also help create a hierarchy of information and add more variety to the design.

A few white paper best practices:

  • Create an eye-catching white paper cover page using a background in bold color, photos or icons.
  • Add a key takeaways section, with a header and bullet points.
  • Visualize data using charts and pictograms in order to highlight key data.
  • Incorporate your branding into your white paper template (brand colors and logo).

Related : Our blog post with 20+  white paper examples  for even more templates and design tips.

11. Project Plan Templates

A project plan is the best way to keep a project on track.

But, showcasing the steps towards completing a project and showing how each step is actionable and measurable can be tough. 

This is especially difficult if you’re a consultant and you don’t have company templates to rely on.

The below  project plan template is a simple way to visualize what needs to happen, and when.

business report templates

The above highly organized project plan template uses bar graphs, icons and color-coding to present information in an accessible way. Once you enter the editor, click on the bar graph to customize the schedule.

The project timeline below also uses icons and color-coding to organize information, though in a slightly different way.

Projects suffer when there’s confusion about deadlines and what’s required at each step. This timeline from a business report sample makes it crystal clear what tasks belong to what step and how long each step should take.

business report templates

A timeline is a perfect way for your team or client to refer back to the project schedule without having to read through tons of text.

You can also revise your timeline as the project progresses to reflect changes in the schedule.

The below consulting report template has a more traditional format for a project plan. Still, like the timelines, this business report sample relies heavily on visuals to create an easily scannable and understandable project overview.

business report templates

Scope creep is the enemy of any project’s success (and the bane of many consultant’s existence). That’s why it’s so important to define the project from the very beginning. The consulting report template above has a section to do just that.

Of course, projects change and evolve. The project report below will help you raise any issues as soon as they happen and present solutions. That way, stakeholders can make a decision before the project schedule is seriously derailed.

business report templates

Check out our blog post with  15+ project plan templates  for even more examples and design tips.

A few project plan best practices:

  • Plot your project schedule visually using a timeline.
  • Use color to categorize tasks and milestones.
  • Use icons to illustrate steps in a process.
  • Insert charts to track the duration of each phase of a project.
  • Pick a flexible template that you can update as the project progresses and things change.

Related : Our post on the four phases of the project life cycle .

12. Business Proposal Templates

A business proposal  is a document that presents your product or service as the solution to a client’s problem. The goal of a business proposal is to persuade a prospective client to buy your product or service. These proposals can be either solicited or unsolicited.

The contents of a business proposal report will vary depending on the problem. 

Typically, a business proposal will include these sections:

  • Information about your company (mission, qualifications, competitive edge)
  • A detailed description of your client’s problem 
  • The cost of your product/service 
  • The methodology of how you propose to solve the client’s problem
  • A timeline of your approach to solving the problem

A few business report examples and design tips:

Create an engaging title page for your business proposal. Think of it as the cover of a book or a movie poster. This will be your prospective client’s first impression of your business.

Use a design that tells a story about your company’s mission and the people you serve. For example, the cover for this business proposal template shows a happy team working together:

Bold Blue Business Proposal Template

Meanwhile, this simple business proposal example uses icons to illustrate what the company does. The motif is carried throughout the rest of the proposal design:

Modern Business Proposal Template

Use visuals to highlight the emotion behind the problem

Businesses are made up of people, and people are emotionally charged. When identifying the problem, use imagery to highlight the frustration, confusion, or dissatisfaction behind the problem. This will show empathy towards the people you’re proposing your solution to.

This business report sample page from a business proposal contrasts one image to illustrate the “problem” with a more cheerful image for the “solution”:

Modern Design Business Proposal Template

This marketing business proposal uses a variety of visuals like icons, bold typography and photos to tell a story:

Social Media Marketing Proposal Template

Related : Our post on  consulting proposal templates or our guide to creating a business proposal .

How to create a business report in 6 steps?

Creating a business report can seem daunting, especially if you’ve never done it before. don’t let the word “business” intimidate you – these steps can be used for writing a report in any field!

Step 1: Define the purpose and scope of your report

Know the purpose of your report. Are you aiming to share the results of a project? Analyze performance? Recommend specific actions? Whatever the goal, keep it in mind as you go through the process. Also, consider the scope of your report. Decide what information you’ll be including, as well as what you can leave out.

Example: Let’s say your boss wants a report on your team’s sales performance during the last quarter. Your purpose might be to analyze the numbers and identify trends, areas for improvement, or opportunities for growth.

Step 2: Gather relevant data and information

Now that you know what you’re aiming for, it’s time to gather the information you’ll need. This might involve pulling data from internal systems, interviewing colleagues, or even conducting your research. Remember, the quality of your report depends on the accuracy and relevance of the information you provide, so double-check your sources and make sure you’ve got everything you need.

Example: For our sales performance report, you’ll need to collect data on product sales, individual and team performance, and any factors that may have influenced sales during the quarter.

Step 3: Organize your content

Next up is organizing all that information into a logical and easy-to-follow structure. This will depend on the specific requirements of your report, but some common components are an introduction, executive summary, main body, conclusion, and recommendations. A clear and logical structure helps readers easily understand and follow your report.

Example: In a sales performance report, you might start with an executive summary highlighting sales growth (or declines), outline individual team member’s performance, and then delve into a more detailed analysis of factors and trends.

Step 4: Write the report

When writing your report, start by developing a clear and concise writing style, avoiding jargon and buzzwords. Keep your audience in mind – make sure your report is easily digestible for your intended readers.

Example: When writing about sales performance, share facts and figures in simple terms that everyone can understand. Instead of saying, “Our sales team demonstrated a 12.3% compound annual growth rate,” say, “Our sales team increased their sales by 12.3% each year.”

Step 5: Add visual aids

To make your report more engaging and easier to understand, consider adding visual aids like graphs, charts, or images. These can help break up large blocks of text and highlight key findings or trends.

Example: For your sales performance report, you might create a bar chart showing sales growth over time or a pie chart displaying individual team members’ contributions.

Step 6: Review and refine

Last but not least, review your report. Does it achieve the purpose you set at the beginning? Are there any gaps in the information? Are there areas that could be clearer or more concise? Address any issues you find and refine your report until it meets your goals and is easy to understand for your target audience.

Example: In your sales performance report, if you find that you haven’t adequately explored the impact of a new product launch on sales, go back and add that analysis to provide a more comprehensive view.

What are the types of business reports?

Different types of business reports cater to various purposes, including monitoring performance, making decisions, and more, offering a range of options beyond standard reports.

1. Informational reports

The primary purpose of informational reports is, well, to inform. These reports provide all the nitty-gritty details of specific aspects of your business without any conclusions or opinions. 

Examples include daily sales reports, inventory levels, or even project updates. This is the essential “just the facts, ma’am” type of report you need to stay in the loop.

2. Analytical reports

Analytical reports give you a more in-depth look at the data to help you make decisions. These reports come with all the bells and whistles – charts, graphs, and recommendations based on thorough analysis. Analytical reports are what you whip out when you need to decide whether to invest in a new project, evaluate your marketing efforts, or diagnose challenges within the company. The goal of such a report is to help you make smarter decisions for the growth and development of your business.

3. Summaries & reviews:

If you’re a little short on time and need a quick overview of your business’s performance, summary reports are your best bet. These reports condense the crucial details from other reports at regular intervals (monthly, quarterly, or annually) and present them in a digestible format. 

4. Research reports

As the name suggests, these in-depth reports dig into specific topics or issues relevant to your business. Research reports are great when exploring new markets, considering new product development, or requiring a detailed evaluation of business practices. These reports act as guides for making major decisions that could significantly impact your company’s direction and success.

5. Progress reports

Let’s say you’ve got a fantastic project idea underway. You’ll need to keep track of every stage of it to ensure it’s smooth sailing ahead. Enter progress reports. They track the achievements, setbacks, and future plans of ongoing projects. These are essential for keeping everyone – from employees to investors – in the loop.

Business report template FAQs

1. what are the best practices for creating a business report.

You could open up Google doc, record your metrics and make a few points of analysis, send it to your team and call it a day. But is that the most effective way to report on your findings?

Many people may not even read those types of reports. Not to mention, a plain old report probably won’t impress stakeholders.

It’s important to brand yourself (and stand out from your competition). And then there’s the ever-important need to create buy-in from stakeholders and convince them of your recommendations.

That’s why it pays to make your reports as engaging as possible. That means visualizing data , processes , and concepts to make them easier to understand and more fun to look at, as you’ve seen from the business report examples in this post.

business report template

You can do that easily by getting started with a  business report template  or consulting report template .

There are two big reasons why it’s a good idea to create a highly visual business report:

  • You will be able to organize, analyze and summarize your findings .
  • You will be able to communicate your reports more effectively with your team, stakeholders and customers.

For example, the below business report template shows four different ways you can visualize information. It’s much more captivating and easily digested than a block of text.

business report template

And don’t worry about how time-consuming designing a report might be. If you start with a solid business report template, you can repurpose that template over and over again.

Use the template as a framework, then customize your information and design to fit your specific needs. Then, use a  chart tool  to convert cumbersome data into clear visuals.

Just like in the above business report sample, you’ll have a succinct, powerful (and polished) report that stakeholders can understand at a glance.

2. How do you design a business report template?

Incorporate your branding into the design

Part of building a strong brand is using consistent branding across all of your content, both internal and public-facing. You can incorporate your branding into your business report design by importing your logo and using your brand colors and fonts.

Our My Brand Kit feature automatically imports company logos and fonts from any website. You can then apply them to your design with one click.

Stick to only one topic per page or slide

When creating a report, it’s easy to try and cram a bunch of text onto one page. But then you run the risk of creating an impenetrable wall of text.

Instead, focus on only one topic per page or slide. If you find that even that makes your page look too cramped, then try breaking up your information into two pages or looking for ways to better summarize your information .

Put functionality first

When you’re designing a business report, you should look for opportunities to visualize data and creatively present information. That being said, the primary goal of your business report should still be to communicate information clearly.

Use design elements such as icons or fonts  in different sizes, weights and colors to highlight, emphasize and categorize information, not obscure it. If a page you’re working on looks cluttered or confusing, take another stab at it.

Remember that functionality comes first, and that includes using the right visuals for your information.

3. What is the best business report maker?

You can make a business report online using a number of tools. As we have mentioned, a great business report is visually appealing, includes icons, images, clear fonts, easy-to-understand charts and graphs, as well as being branded.

Venngage is the one-stop design solution when it comes to creating reports. The business report examples in this article highlight how easy it is to design a variety of reports for every type of organization and activity. Make design simple by using Venngage.

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What Are Business Reports & Why They Are Important: Examples & Templates

Business reports examples and templates for managers by datapine

Table of Contents

1) What Is A Business Report?

2) Types Of Business Reports

3) Business Reports Examples & Samples

4) Why Do You Need Business Reports?

5) How To Setup A Business Report?

6) Challenges Of Business Reports

In your daily operations, you likely notice your processes and ‘activities’ constantly changing – sales trends and volume, marketing performance metrics, warehouse operational shifts, or inventory management changes, among many others.

All these little alterations in your organizational activities are impacting the global well-being of your company, your warehouse, your restaurant, or even your healthcare facility. Whether you manage a big or small company, business reports must be incorporated to establish goals, track operations, and strategy to get an in-depth view of the overall company state.

But with so much information being collected daily from every department, static business reports created manually will not give your company the fresh insights it needs to stay competitive. Businesses that want to succeed in today’s crowded market need to leverage the power of their insights in an accessible and efficient way. This is where modern business reports created with interactive data visualizations come to the rescue. 

Traditional means of reporting are tedious and time-consuming. Due to how the human brain processes information, presenting insights in charts or graphs to visualize significant amounts of complex information is more accessible and intuitive.  Thanks to modern, user-friendly online data analysis tools armed with powerful visualizations, companies can benefit from interactive reports that are accessible and understandable for everyone without needing prior technical skills.

Here, we take the time to define a business report, explore visual report examples, and look at how to create them for various needs, goals, and objectives. In the process, we will use online data visualization software to interact with and drill deeper into bits and pieces of relevant data. Let's get started.

What Is A Business Report?

A business report is a tool that helps collect and analyze historical and current data from a company’s operations, production, and more. Through various types of business reports, organizations make critical decisions to ensure growth and operational efficiency.

To understand the best uses for these reports, it’s essential to properly define them. According to authors Lesikar and Pettit, “A corporate-style report is an orderly, objective communication of factual information that serves some organizational purpose”. It organizes information for a specific business purpose. While some reports will go into a more detailed approach to analyzing the functionality and strategies of a department, other examples of business reports will be more concentrated on the bigger picture of organizational management, for example, investor relations. That’s where the magic of these kinds of reports truly shines: no matter for which company goal you need, their usage can be various and, at the same time, practical.

Traditional business reports are often static and text reach (bullet points, headings, subheadings, etc.). Classically formatted in sections such as the summary, table of contents, introduction, body, and conclusion, this report format is no longer the most efficient when it comes to extracting the needed insights to succeed in this fast-paced world. On one hand, by the time these reports have been finished, the insights included within them might not be useful anymore. On the other hand, the fact that it is mostly text and numbers makes them hard to understand, making the analysis strategy segregated and inefficient.  

The visual nature of modern business dashboards leaves all the aforementioned issues in the past. Thanks to interactive data visualizations and modern business intelligence solutions , the analysis sequence can be done fast and efficiently while empowering non-technical users to rely on digital insights for their decision-making process. 

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Types Of Business Reports?

Before creating your business outcome reports, it is important to consider your core goals and objectives. This way, you can pick the correct type of report for each situation. Here, we present you with five common types of visual reports that you can use for different analytical purposes. 

1. Analytical reports

Analytical reports are reporting tools that use qualitative and quantitative data to analyze the performance of a business strategy or as support when a company needs to make important decisions. A modern analytical dashboard created with top reporting software can include statistics, historical data, as well as forecasts, and real-time information. Let’s look into it with a sales example. 

This dashboard is an example of one of the most common types of business reports: analytical reports

**click to enlarge**

This visually appealing business analysis report contains relevant sales KPIs to measure performance, such as the average revenue per unit, the customer lifetime value, acquisition costs, and some sales targets to be met. The value of this analytical report lies in the fact that you get a lot of relevant metrics in a single dashboard. The data can be filtered and explored on different time frames such as daily, weekly, monthly, or quarterly, depending on the discussion that it needs to support.   

With this kind of sample in hand, managers can quickly understand if they are meeting their targets, find improvement opportunities, get a bigger picture of their sales, and find efficient ways to proceed with new strategies.  

2. Research reports

Next in our types of business reports that we will discuss is a research report. Companies often use these kinds of reports to test the viability of a new product, study a new geographical area to sell, or understand their customer’s perception of their brand image. To generate this type of report, managers often contact market research agencies to gather all the relevant information related to the studied topic. This brand analysis dashboard is a great example.

A brand analytics dashboard as an example of research business reports

The image above is a business report template of a brand analysis. Here, we can see the results of a survey that was conducted to understand the brand’s public perception on different topics. The value of this market research dashboard lies in its interactivity. Often, research reports are depicted in long and static PowerPoint presentations. With a modern market research dashboard like this one, all the info can be filtered upon need, and the whole presentation of results can be done on one screen. For example, if you want to know the brand awareness of a particular region or age group, you just have to click on the graphs, and the entire dashboard will be filtered based on this information. Like this, the analysis sequence is fast, interactive, and efficient. 

3. Industry reports

Following on from the research topic, our next type is an industry report. Benchmarks and targets are excellent ways to measure a company’s performance and success. But, these targets need to be based on realistic values, especially considering how crowded and competitive today’s markets are. For this purpose, companies perform industry reports. By getting a clear picture of the average industry numbers, such as the competitive landscape, industry size, economic indicators, and trends, they can plan smart strategies and create realistic targets for performance. 

Technavio Global Ice Cream Market 2020-2024

Let's take this industry report by Technavio about the Global Ice Cream Market as an example. Here, we can see relevant numbers concerning the ice cream market, how COVID-19 impacted it, and what is expected to happen between the years 2020-2024. For example, the business report sample shows that the pandemic has positively impacted the ice cream market and that it grew 4.33% during 2020. The report also shows that there is increasing popularity of plant-based ice cream and that this trend is driving market growth. This is invaluable information for an ice cream company as they can invest in new products with almost certain success.

4. Progress reports

Next, we have progress reports. Unlike our other examples, this type of business report is not necessarily based on deep research or advanced analytics but rather on delivering a clear picture of the performance of a particular area or business goal. Their visual nature makes them the perfect tool to support meetings or business discussions as they provide a glance into the status of different metrics. A common use of progress reports is with KPI scorecards . Let’s look at an example. 

A balanced scorecard showing financial and customer objectives, learning and growth, and internal objectives.

The image above is a business report example of a balanced scorecard. The goal here is to quickly understand the development of metrics related to 4 key business areas: financial, customers, learning and growth, and internal objectives. Each of these metrics is displayed in a current value and compared to a set target. Paired with this, the template has five colors for the performance status. This allows anyone who uses this report to quickly understand just by looking at the colors if the target is being met.

5. By business function

Getting a bigger picture of a company’s performance is a great benefit of the best business reports. But, apart from helping the company as a whole, the real value of these reports lies in the fact that they empower departments to leverage the power of data analysis for their decision-making process. Instead of the sales department, human resources, or logistics, your entire organization will be data-driven. Let’s look at it with a business report example by function on marketing.  

Business report example by function: a marketing performance dashboard

Created with modern marketing dashboard software , this example entirely focuses on the development of marketing campaigns.  With metrics such as the total number of impressions, clicks, acquisitions, and cost per acquisition being depicted on intuitive gauge charts, you quickly get a clear understanding of the performance of your campaigns. Through this, you can spot any inefficiencies before they become bigger issues and find improvement opportunities to ensure your marketing efforts are paying off. If you want to dig even deeper, this interactive business report can be filtered for specific campaigns so you only see related insights, making this dashboard the perfect tool to support team meetings. 

Business Report Examples And Templates

We’ve answered the question, ‘What is a business report?’ and now, it’s time to look at some real-world examples.

The examples of business reports that we included in this article can be utilized in many different industries; the data can be customized based on the factual information of the specific department, organization, company, or enterprise. Interdepartmental communication can then effectively utilize findings, and the content can be shared with key stakeholders.

Now that we know what they are, let's go over some concrete, real-world instances of visuals you will need to include in your reports.

1. Visual financial business report example

This first example focuses on one of the most vital and data-driven departments of any company: finance. It gathers the most essential financial KPIs a manager needs to have at his fingertips to make an informed decision: gross profit margin, operational expenses ratio (OPEX), both earning before interests (EBIT) and net profit margins, and the income statement. Next to these are the revenue evolution over a year compared to its target predefined, the annual evolution of operational expenses for various internal departments as well as the evolution of the EBIT compared to its target.

Visual of a financial business report example for top-management

The different sets of visual representations of data can clearly point out particular trends or actions that need to be taken to stay on the financial track of a company. All your financial analysis can be integrated into a single visual. When the presentation becomes interactive, clicks will provide even deeper insights into your financial KPIs and the desired outcomes to make a company healthy in its financial operations. The importance of this finance dashboard lies in the fact that every finance manager can easily track and measure the whole financial overview of a specific company while gaining insights into the most valuable KPIs and metrics. Empowering a steadfast and operation-sensitive plan is among the most important goals a company can have, and finance is right in the middle of this process.

Thanks to all this information displayed on a single dashboard, your report is greatly enhanced and backed with accurate information for you to make sound decisions. It becomes easier to implement a solid and operation-sensitive management plan.

2. Visual investor's business report layout

As mentioned earlier, holding an account of your activity, performance, and organization’s assets is important for people outside of the company to understand how it works. When these people are investors, it is all the more critical to have a clean and up-to-date report for them to know how successful is the company they invest in and for you to increase your chances of having more funds. This example provides just that: an exact overview of the most important insights and specific values in a particular time frame.

Visual of a finance KPIs business executive dashboard example for investors

Calculating and communicating KPIs about the overall company situation is what this investors’ relationship dashboard tries to focus on. You learn about the return on equity and return on asset, the debt-equity ratio, and the working capital ratio, but also see the evolution of a share price over time. Each of these metrics is crucial for a potential shareholder, and if they are not monitored regularly and kept under control, it is easy to lose investors’ interest. Tracking them and visualizing them through a modern dashboard is a competitive advantage for your investors’ reports. You can even see on this visual a clear set of data, so you don’t have to dig through numerous amounts of spreadsheets, but clearly see the specific development over time, the percentage gained or lost, ratios, and returns on investments. Not to be limited just to these data, you can always customize and make sample business reports for your specific needs.

3. Visual management report example

The management KPIs presented below focus on the revenue and customer overview seen through a specified quarter of a year. With just a click, you can easily change your specific date range and make an overview of different months or years.

Management business report showing the important KPIs to C-level executives

When analyzing insights on a more specific level, you can easily spot if the revenue is approaching your target value, compare it to the previous year, and see how much of the target you still need to work on. The average number of your revenue per customer compared to your targets can also identify on a more specific level how much you need to adjust your strategy based on your customers’ value. If you see your values have exceeded your goals, you can concentrate on KPIs that haven’t yet reached your target achievement. In this specific example, we have gained insights into how to present your management data, compare them, and evaluate your findings to make better decisions.

This clear overview of data can set apart the success of your management strategy since it is impossible to omit vital information. By gathering all your findings into a single CEO dashboard , the information presented is clear and specific to the management’s needs. The best part of this example report is seen through its interactivity: the more you click, the more data you can present, and the more specific conclusions you can look for.

These report templates that we have analyzed and presented in this article can be a roadmap to effectively create your own report or customize your data to tailor your needs and findings.

4. SaaS management dashboard

The next in our rundown of dynamic business report examples comes from our specialized SaaS metrics dashboard .

A business report example visualizing the number of paying customers, ARPU, CAC, CLTV, and MRR over the course of a month

A SaaS company report example that packs a real informational punch, this particular report format offers a panoramic snapshot of the insights and information every ambitious software-as-a-service business needs to succeed.

With visual KPIs that include customer acquisition costs, customer lifetime value, MMR, and APRU, here, you will find everything you need to streamline your company’s initiatives at a glance. This is an essential tool for both short- and long-term evolution.

5. Sales KPI dashboard

Niche or sector aside, this most powerful of online business reports samples will empower your sales team to improve productivity while increasing revenue on a sustainable basis.

A monthly sales report template focused on high-level metrics such as revenue, profits, costs, incremental sales, accumulated revenue, up/cross-sell rates, etc.

A powerful daily business activity report as well as a tool for long-term growth, our sales dashboard boasts a cohesive mix of visualizations built to boost your business's bottom line.

With centralized access to sales graphs and charts based on churn rates, revenue per sales rep, upselling & cross-selling, and more, this is a company report format that will help you push yourself ahead of the pack (and stay there). It’s a must-have tool for any modern sales team.

6. Retail store dashboard company report example

Retail is another sector that pays to utilize your data to its full advantage. Whatever branch of retail you work in, knowing how to generate a report is crucial, as is knowing which types of reports to work with.

Example of a business report for an online retail store that displays return reasons, total orders, top sellers, average order per customer, etc.

Our interactive retail dashboard is one of our finest visual report examples, as it offers a digestible window of insight into the retail-centric unit as well as transaction-based information that can help you reduce costs while boosting your sales figures over time.

Ideal for target setting and benchmarking as well as strategy formulation, this is an unrivaled tool for any retailer navigating their activities in our fast-paced digital age. If you’re a retailer looking for steady, positive growth, squeezing every last drop of value from your retail metrics is essential—and this dashboard will get you there.

7. Customer service team dashboard

As a key aspect of any successful organizational strategy, optimizing your customer service communications across channels is essential. That’s where our customer service analytics report comes into play.  

Business reporting example for customer service team performance

Making your customer service efforts more efficient, effective, and responsive will not only drastically improve your consumer loyalty rates but also set you apart from your competitors.

One of the best ways to achieve a mean, lean, well-oiled consumer-facing machine is by giving your customer service representatives the tools to perform to the best of their abilities at all times. Armed with a balanced mix of KPIs to track and enhance service performance, this most powerful of business report samples will help you drive down response times while improving your first call resolution rates. It’s a combination that will result in ongoing growth and success.

8. Employee performance dashboard

In addition to your customers, your employees are the beating heart of your organization. Our employee dashboard will give you the power to track the ongoing value and productivity of your internal talent.

Employee performance depicted with business reporting processes.

An ideal formal business report example for any modern HR department, this telling dashboard will give you deep insight into how your employees perform and behave over specific timeframes.

Here, you can examine trends in absenteeism rates, track overtime hours by age group, monitor your training costs, and explore peaks and troughs in productivity across the entire workforce. This melting pot of at-a-glance information will empower you to provide training exactly where it’s needed and get to the heart of any issue that’s affecting productivity or engagement levels. 

Working with this business report format example consistently will ultimately ensure you get the very best return on investment (ROI) from your internal talent.

9. Marketing KPI dashboard

Without a solid multichannel marketing strategy, it’s unlikely that you’ll ever see a consistently healthy ROI from your promotional efforts. Shooting in the dark regarding marketing will also see you fall behind the competition. Enter our marketing dashboard .

Marketing business report for management, with main KPIs about costs and revenue

This business report format template brimming with insight, lets you set accurate performance benchmarks while uncovering a wealth of insight from one intuitive dashboard.

To optimize your promotional campaigns and activities, talking to specific audience segments and using the right touchpoints at precisely the right time is essential. Without a targeted approach, all you’re doing is throwing your time and money away.

This effective company report example offers a balanced overview of your campaigns’ performance by offering the tools to dig deep into vital metrics like cost per acquisition (CPA), customer lifetime value (CLTV), and ROI.

This perfect storm of metrics will show you where your communications or campaigns are failing to drive engagement and where they’re yielding positive results. Armed with this critical information, you can optimize all of your efforts to make the biggest possible impact across channels. An essential report design for any modern organization looking to scale swiftly and consistently.

10. Warehouse KPI dashboard

Being a warehouse manager or decision-maker is a high-pressure job where every decision counts. To keep your fulfillment activities and initiatives fluid, functional, and primed for organizational growth, sweating your data correctly is a must.

A business report example focused on the warehouse performance in the logistics industry

Our warehouse KPI dashboard is a business report sample that aids both real-time decision-making and longer-term strategic planning.

With a powerful selection of logistics-based KPIs, this highly visual business report structure features metrics based on on-time shipment rates, a breakdown of warehouse costs, the number of shipments made over a specified timeframe, and a perfect order rate.

By making this kind of business reports formats a core part of your daily operations, you can eliminate unnecessary costs or activities while boosting overall productivity and significantly improving the success, as well as accuracy, of your warehouse operations. It is an invaluable tool that will help consistently deliver on your fulfillment promises, improving your brand reputation in the process.

11. Cybersecurity dashboard

In our hyper-connected digital age, failing to invest in adequate cybersecurity solutions is the same as leaving your front door wide open when you’re on holiday.

Business report template tracking relevant IT metrics for cybersecurity

To avoid the devastating impact of organizational cyber attacks or informational breaches,  our cyber security IT dashboard will ensure your company is fortified from every angle. This most vital of business report examples will help you fend off any prospective acts of cybercrime while monitoring for any attacks or abnormalities in real-time.

Here, you can keep on top of your cybersecurity rating, track your phishing test success rates, understand how long it takes you to identify an attack (and improve your responsivity), look at how often you backup your company's sensitive information, and discover the most common intrusion rates related to your company from a cohesive space. It’s an essential analysis tool designed to keep your company safe, secure, and happy.

12. CEO dashboard

The CEO is the highest leadership position in an organization. As such, they need to get a complete overview of the entire operations and performance to ensure everything is running smoothly and on track to meet expected goals. Our next example is a scorecard report tracking relevant metrics related to finances, marketing, customer service, and human resources. 

Business report template tracking metrics for the CEO

What makes this template so valuable for the CEO is the fact that it offers a long-term view with benchmarks for quarterly and annual performance. This way, leadership can evaluate the development of the different strategies and spot any inefficiencies at a glance by looking at the green or red colors depicted on each KPI. Plus, each section of the scorecard offers a detailed breakdown of additional information to help dive deeper into the reasons behind a specific result. 

For instance, we can see that there is an increase in the total expenses in the current quarter. However, when taking a deeper look at the yearly breakdown, we can see that the operating expenses ratio has been decreasing for the past three months. Therefore, the quarterly increase is nothing to worry about.

13. Manufacturing production dashboard 

As a production company, you must ensure every aspect of the process is efficiently carried out at its maximum capacity. This means, ensuring machines are working properly, the right amounts of products are being produced, and the least amount are being returned by customers. Our next template aims to help with that task by offering a 360-degree view into a company’s production processes.

Manufacturing business report template displaying main manufacturing KPIs to keep the pulse of your factory

With insights into production volume vs. quantity ordered, top 5 machines by production volume, and return items by reason, the manufacturing manager can spot inefficiencies and identify trends to optimize production and ensure the highest possible ROI. 

For example, looking at the top machines by production can help you spot the ones that might need some maintenance and plan that maintenance time without affecting production. On the other hand, analyzing the returned items by reason can also help improve customer experience and satisfaction. If you see a large amount of returns due to a broken product, it means you need to improve the quality of your materials or the packaging when they are sent to the customer to keep it safer. 

14. IT project management dashboard

Completing a project successfully relies heavily on the team being connected to keep tasks moving at the expected speed. The issue is that it often involves multiple meetings that end up taking a lot of time that could be implemented actually completing the tasks. Our next sample aims to tackle that issue by providing a real-time overview of project development metrics.

IT business reports: project management overview

At the top of the report, we see a breakdown of the different stages of the project with a development percentage and a projected launch date. This is great information to have as it can inform the team about the status of the entire project and any external stakeholders as well.

We then get insights into the project budget, overdue tasks, upcoming deadlines, and employee workload. This is invaluable information that can help optimize any bottlenecks and increase overall efficiency. For instance, we can see that Georg and Nancy are 10+ days overdue with their tasks which is not good for the project. However, a deeper look shows us that these two employees are the ones with the biggest workload, which means they might need some help from other team members to speed up their tasks.

15. HR diversity dashboard 

Diversity in the workplace has become a big priority for organizations and prospective talents. Each year, more and more businesses realize the value of having employees from different backgrounds and cultures as a way to boost their strategies and overall growth. That being said, to be considered a diverse company, you need to ensure your workforce feels comfortable and that the same opportunities are being given to all. Enters our last business report template.

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The template above offers a view into different diversity management metrics from recruitment to talent management. Through this insightful report, HR managers can test the success of their diversity strategies and spot any areas of improvement to ensure the highest level of employee satisfaction. The template is highly interactive and offers insights into diversity by gender, ethnicity, and disabilities.

Analyzing the content of the report, we can see that black employees are the ones with the highest voluntary turnover rate. This is something that needs to be looked into to find the reasons why these employees are not feeling comfortable at the company. On the other hand, we can see that the organization is 1% above the 2% industry standard for hiring employees with disabilities. This is a great indicator, and it can translate into a low 7% of voluntary leaves by these workers.

Now that we’ve looked at report samples, let’s consider the clear-cut business-boosting benefits of these essential analytical tools. These perks will make your company stronger, more fluent, and more efficient on a sustainable basis.

Why Do You Need Business Reports?

Why do you need business reports? 1. Risk assessment & opportunity, 2. Trends & connections, 3. Business Intelligence, 4. Buy-in, 5. Operational efficiency,6. Specificity, 7. Accuracy & consistency, 8. Engagement, 9. Benchmarking, 10. Communication

These reports also enable data collection by documenting the progress you make. Through them, you have the means to compare different periods and activity, growth, etc. You can better see which products or services are more successful than others, which marketing campaign outperforms which other, and which markets or segments require more attention. Collecting all this data is indispensable – and by doing so, you build a paper trail of your past (or, namely, a data trail). They let people outside the company (like banks or investors) know about your activity and performance and enable stakeholders to understand your organization’s tangible and intangible assets.

  • Risk assessment & opportunity: With a business report, you can increase the understanding of risks and opportunities within your company . Sample reports accentuate the link between financial and non-financial performance: they streamline processes, reduce costs, and improve overall cohesion in an informed, commercially ‘safe’ way.
  • Trends & connections: Business report samples can help you compare your performance to other internal units or companies in the same sector. On a more specific level, a report template can help you dig thoroughly into operational metrics and details and discover correlations that would be otherwise overlooked. In today’s hyper-connected digital age, gaining a deeper insight into your data will empower you to formulate strategies that will accelerate key areas of your business growth through trend identification. This fact alone highlights the importance of a business analysis report.
  • Business intelligence (BI): If used correctly, the best BI tools will answer a vital question: ‘Will I survive on the market?’ By creating a business report of a company built to improve your BI activities and answer essential organizational questions, you will gain the ability to tackle deeper specific insights that can bring operational value and control the overall expenditures. By knowing how to set up such a report with specific samples and templates, you can provide building blocks to establish a successful business intelligence strategy.
  • Buy-in: While there are many different types of business reports for a company, they all have one common trait: gathering data and tracking the business activities related to something specific. By working with the right reports, users can perform in-depth visual analyses of many key areas or functions and provide informed recommendations that will ultimately improve efficiency and encourage innovation. Regardless of how good or beneficial an idea might be , getting buy-in from senior executives or external partners is often a major roadblock to progress. However, a good report template presents a level of depth and presentation that is both factual and convincing and will encourage buy-in from the people with the power to sign off on new strategies, initiatives, or ideas.
  • Operational efficiency: The more factual the report is, the clearer the data. When your data is well organized and crystal clear, it’s possible to interpret your business activities cost-effectively, reducing the time required to analyze findings while saving countless working hours sifting through metrics for actionable insights. A good template presents an in-depth analysis where the writers show how they have interpreted their findings. For example, a marketing report can reduce the time needed to analyze a specific campaign, while an HR report can provide insights into the recruiting process and evaluate, for example, why the cost per hire increased?
  • Specificity: When you create a business information report, you are giving yourself a key opportunity to address specific issues that are often used when decisions need to be made. As author Alan Thomson says, “A company report conveys information to assist in business decision-making. [It] is the medium in which to present this information.” They have several purposes: some record information to plan for the future, some record past information to understand a situation, and others present a solution to a pressing problem. Some executive dashboards are for daily usage, while a monthly business report template will help you pinpoint your activities on a more gradual, incremental basis.  They are all essential to commercial success, as they bring clarity to complex analysis. As mentioned earlier, the clearer the data, the more cost-effective results will be, so keeping in mind the exact data to incorporate into this kind of report should be essential in deciding what kind of report to generate. You can find multiple key performance indicator examples in different industries, which should be considered when creating that kind of report. You can also generate an interdepartmental report or between businesses to compare industry values and see how your company stands in the market.
  • Accuracy & consistency: In The Age of Information, data is a vast landscape, and if you want to use it to your advantage, aiming for consistency and accuracy is key. If your data is off or presents hit-and-miss findings, it could cost your company in the long run.  Working with an online dashboard tool to produce your reports is an incredible advantage for the ease of use, the time saved, and, most importantly, the accuracy of the information you will use. As you work with real-time data, everything on your report will be up-to-date, and the decisions you will take will be backed with the latest info. Business report examples are significantly helpful when you need to explore your data and perform data analyses to extract actionable insights. They will deliver an important added value to your report thanks to the visualization of your findings, bringing more clarity and comprehension to the analyses, which is their primary purpose.
  • Engagement: As intuitive, digestible, and visual tools, business-centric reporting tools are easier to understand and tell a story that is far more likely to resonate with your audience.  While exploring your data, with deeper insights generated with just a few clicks, the report doesn’t have to be dull, boring, and lost in hundreds of pages or spreadsheets of data. If you create a report that is clean and customized, you will bring more value than by printing or searching through a spreadsheet. Achieving a design like this is simple with the right KPI dashboard software . Imagine yourself in a meeting with 200 pages of analysis from the last 5 years of business management. One participant asks you a specific question regarding your operational costs dating 3 years back. And you’re sitting there, trying to find that specific piece of information that can make or break your business meeting. With business dashboards , you cannot go wrong. All the information you need is generated with a click, within a click.
  • Benchmarking: If you know how to set up a business-centric report with efficiency, you will gain the ability to set defined, accurate benchmarks. By frequently setting targets based on your most important organizational goals and working with visual reporting tools, you will keep your organization flowing while catalyzing your overall growth and productivity levels.
  • Communication: One of the best uses of these tools is improving internal collaboration and communication. By gaining 24/7 access to your most essential business data while enhancing the way you analyze and present it, you will empower everyone in the business with better access to information, which, in turn, will enhance internal communication and collaboration.
  • Innovation: The intuitive nature of these reports makes them the most efficient way to steer a progressive analytical strategy. As such, it’s easier (and quicker) to uncover hidden insights, spot trends, and hone in on critical information. It’s this speed, ease, and accuracy that frees creativity and improves innovation across the organization, accelerating growth as a result.

These reports can also be of many different types, but they all have one common trait: gathering data and tracking the organizational activities related to something specific. From there, their author(s) will often perform an analysis and provide recommendations to the organizations.

How To Generate A Business Report

Top 10 steps on how to do a business report

The primary importance of a corporate-centric report lies in gaining confidence and clarity. Before starting to create it, it’s vital to establish the goals and the audience. Knowing who you want to direct it to is key in its elaboration, from the tone, vocabulary/jargon you choose to the data you will focus on. A report to external stakeholders, to the CEOs, or to the technical engineers’ team will be drastically different from one another.

Likewise, the scope varies according to the objective of the report. State beforehand the needs and goals to direct you on the right path. It should be impartial and objective, with a planned presentation or dashboard reporting tool , which enables an interactive flow of data and immediate access to every piece of information needed to generate clear findings.

To help you write your daily, weekly, or monthly business-centric report template with confidence, let’s go over some essential steps and tips you should focus on:

1. Consider your audience

First of all, if you want to understand how to do a business report the right way, you have to think of your audience from the outset. Your reporting efforts must make sense and offer direct value to the end viewer or user - otherwise, they’ll be meaningless. That said, it’s critical that you take the time to consider who will use the reporting tool most and which information or features will add the most value, helping improve the organization in the process. Take the time to understand your audience, and your reporting tools will not only meet expectations but exceed them - one well-placed visualization at a time.

2. Determine and state the purpose

As we stated in the previous paragraph, defining the needs of your audience is vital to reporting success. As we said, a report usually assists in decision-making and addresses certain issues. You can state them at the beginning of the report. The more clear and specific the goal, the better the content will be. You won’t lose time adjusting information when you present your purpose in a clear and well-defined manner.

3. Use a mix of real-time and historical data

Another key component of this report is making sure you’re free of any informational blind spots. So many companies work with one form of metric, stunting their organizational progress in the process. To drill down deep into detailed pockets of information and gain a panoramic view of specific trends or patterns, working with a balanced mix of historical and real-time data is key. Doing so will empower you to capitalize on potential strengths while learning from historical weaknesses. This balanced approach will also give you the tools to develop strategies that return the best possible ROI while making powerful decisions under pressure.

4. Set actionable targets and goals

Once you’ve curated your informational sources and defined your audience, you should set actionable goals. Setting the right benchmarks will help you track your ongoing success with pinpoint accuracy while defining goals or targets will give you the insight you need to work with the right KPIs while ensuring your company is moving in the right direction. Taking the time to set actionable goals and targets that align with your organizational strategy will ensure your reports offer a consistently healthy ROI.

5. Define your reporting frequency

Another key component of successful organizational reporting is deciding how often you will analyze your metrics and information. Depending on the function or the goals you’re looking to achieve, you should decide whether your dashboard will serve as a daily, weekly, monthly, or quarterly reporting tool. Setting the right frequency will ensure your analytical strategy is fully streamlined while connecting you with the insights that count most at exactly the right time. The best modern reporting tools also offer automated functionality, helping to monitor insights and offer alerts without human intervention - the best way to save time while ensuring you never miss a critical piece of information again.

6. Gather and organize the information

Now that the purpose and scope are clearly defined, you can start gathering the data in any form that can address the issue. Thanks to that information, you will carry out data analysis to understand what lies beneath and to extract valuable insights. These findings need to be balanced and justifiable – what significance they have to the report's purpose. Identifying key performance indicators for a specific company, organizing, comparing, and evaluating them on the needed level, can be one of the most important parts of creating this kind of report. An example of a business report that shows how to extract and define your analysis can be found above in the article, where we presented our visuals.

7. Present your findings

Explain how you uncovered them and how you interpreted them that way. Answer the original issue by detailing the action to take to overcome it and provide recommendations leading to a better decision-making process. A best practice to present the insights you have drawn out is using dashboards that communicate data visually in a very efficient way. A dashboard software like datapine can precisely answer that need while helping you with data exploration at the same time, which is a crucial part. When you click on a specific part of the dashboard, you can easily access your data in a more in-depth approach.

Comparing your findings is also one of the features you can use if you are asking yourself what has changed in relation to a specific period. When you assess these datasets in just a few clicks on your monitor, the whole reporting process and measurement of your strategy can be done in minutes, not days. Evaluating findings in today’s digital world has become one of the main focuses of businesses wanting to stay competitive in the market. The faster you can do that, the more information you gain, and the more successful your actions will become.

8. Align your visualizations

Expanding on presenting your findings, it’s also important to get your design elements right when considering how to write a business report. As a rule of thumb, your most essential at-a-glance insights should be at the top of your dashboard, and you should aim to be as clean, concise, and minimal as possible with your presentation to avoid cluttering or confusion. To improve your visual storytelling and bring every key element of your report together cohesively, getting your dashboard design just right is vital. Our essential guide to data visualization methods will help to steer your efforts in the right direction.

9. Proofread your reports

When you’re looking at a polished example of a business report, you’ll notice that every element of design and content is immaculate and makes complete logical sense. That said, to get the best returns for your analytical efforts, proofreading your reports is vital. Work through your report with a fine-toothed comb and ask trusted colleagues in your organization to do the same. Once you’ve carefully proofread your entire report, you can collectively tighten up any sloppy design elements, typos, misleading copy, and bad visual placements. Doing so is vital because it will make your examples of business reports slick, actionable, accurate, and built for success.

10. Be responsive

While modern reporting dashboards are dynamic and interactive in equal measure, it’s important that you also remain robust and responsive when writing a business-based report. What does this mean, exactly? It means that in the digital age, the landscape is always changing. As such, if you want to get the most from your reports or dashboards, you must commit to editing and updating them according to the changes around you. In an informational context, what is relevant today may be redundant tomorrow, so to remain powerful and relevant, your reports must always be optimized for success. When you write a business-style report, you should understand that, to some extent, you will need to rewrite it repeatedly. Remember, commit to regularly assessing your reports, and success will be yours for the taking.

You can easily find a sample of a business report on the Internet, but not all of them fit your needs. Make sure, at any moment, that the report you want to create is accurate, objective, and complete. It should be well-written, in a way that holds the reader’s attention and meets their expectations, with a clear structure.

Common Challenges Of Business Reports

Common challenges of generating business reports

As we just learned from the previous section, generating a successful report requires carefully following some steps and considerations. This often comes with challenges and limitations that users face during the generation and analysis process. To help you be aware of those challenges and how to overcome them efficiently, we will list some of the most common ones below. 

  • Data quality 

All the time and effort dedicated to the reporting process will be for nothing if you are not working with high-quality information. Believe it or not, according to recent reports , 41% of companies cite inconsistent data across technologies as their biggest challenge. With only 16% labeling the data they are using as “very good”. 

This presents a huge challenge as the consequences of poor data quality can be quite expensive since organizations are basing their most important strategic decisions on unreliable insights.  

To prevent this issue from affecting you, it is essential to invest time and money in implementing a thoughtful data quality management plan to ensure your information is constantly checked under specified guidelines. Putting extra attention to the cleaning and constant manipulation of the information is also a huge aspect of the process. 

  • Lack of data literacy 

Another big challenge that businesses face when implementing reporting practices is the level of literacy of their employees. As mentioned earlier in the post, the success of the entire process relies heavily on the entire workforce being involved in it and collaborating with each other. The issue is that generating a report and analyzing the data can be very intimidating for non-technical employees who often don’t have the necessary skills or confidence to integrate data-driven activities into their daily work. 

That is why carrying out a careful analysis of the literacy level across your workforce can help you understand the actual situation and offer training instances to anyone who needs it. Paired with that, investing in self-service BI tools that allow any user, regardless of their technical knowledge, to generate a business report with just a few clicks is a great way to approach this challenge. 

  • Long generation processes 

It is not a secret that manually generating a business report can take a lot of time and effort. In fact, in some cases, when a report is finally completed, the information in it might not be entirely valuable anymore. Luckily, this challenge has been tackled a long time ago thanks to the power of automation. 

Modern online reporting tools offer users the possibility to automatically generate a report in a matter of seconds, eliminating any form of manual work. All they need to do is connect their data sources, select the KPIs they want to display, and enjoy a visually appealing and fully functional report in just a few clicks. This enables organizations to focus on the important part, which is extracting powerful insights to inform their strategies. 

  • Static vs. interactive business reports 

Traditionally, these reports generated with tools such as Excel or PowerPoint have been static and full of text and complex numbers. Making it impossible to extract deeper conclusions from them or act on fresh insights. This is not to say that they are completely unuseful, but their historical and static perspective makes them less effective, especially considering how agile decision-making can represent a huge competitive advantage for organizations today.  

To help you make the most out of your data-driven efforts and tackle this common limitation,  we recommend you invest in tools that offer dynamic reports. BI reporting tools , such as datapine, give you the ability to generate interactive real-time reports, like the ones we saw earlier, which can be easily filtered to explore different periods or lower levels of data. This will give you the power to extract deeper and fresh insights to boost your strategies and growth. 

  • Ensuring data security and privacy 

In the digital age we live in, we need to be fully aware of the risks of using online tools to manage our business’s operations. Studies have shown an increasing trend in cyberattacks and data breaches that has left decision-makers concerned about how they manage their sensitive data. One of these attacks can significantly impact an organization’s reputation but also incur considerable costs that can be hard to come back from. According to recent research, these types of breaches cost businesses an average of $4.35 million in 2022. 

All of this makes security and privacy a big challenge for businesses of all sizes. Especially regarding their report-related activities, as they contain sensitive information about the company and its clients. Luckily, modern SaaS BI tools offer high levels of security to help you keep your data secure at all times, from the moment it is generated to the time it is shared with different stakeholders. Therefore, it is important to consider this topic before investing in such a tool. 

Key Takeaways Professional Business Reports  

"Once we know something, we find it hard to imagine what it was like not to know it." - Chip & Dan Heath , Authors of Made to Stick, Switch.

We live in a data-driven world, and as a business, it’s up to you to move with the times. If you ignore the power of smart data analytics, you are only stunting your own commercial progress.

We’ve explored many shining business reports examples, and one thing is abundantly clear: if you embrace the power of digital reporting, your company will be bigger, better, and exponentially more informed. The more confident and informed you are as a business, the better you will be able to respond to constant change. In today’s digital world, it doesn’t matter what sector you work in. If you’re rigid in your approach to data, you will get left behind. Digital reporting dashboards are the only way forward.

So, you now know what business reports are, how to structure and write them , and how they can benefit your business. Committing to the right reporting and information delivery can have a significant impact on your organization and orientate its strategy better. For more ideas about business reporting in a more specific, function-related way, you can dig deeper into some of our popular articles on sales reports and marketing reports !

Don’t miss out on that opportunity and start now with datapine’s online reporting software , and benefit from a free 14-day trial ! You won’t regret it.


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Business research is an essential aspect of the modern corporate world. The ability to understand the latest trends, consumer behavior, and market dynamics is crucial for any firm looking to stay competitive. With this in mind, we've compiled a list of 250 business research topics that can serve as an inspiration for your next paper. From the impact of technology on the workforce to the rise of sustainable firm practices, these research topics in business cover a wide range of subjects that are relevant to today's business climate. Whether you're a student or a researcher, this list of topics related to business is sure to provide you with ideas for your next work or thesis. Stay with our business essay writing service to discover amazing ideas.

What Are Business Research Topics?

Business research topics are areas of study that pertain to the various aspects of running an organization, such as marketing, management, finance, as well as operations. These topics can cover a wide range of subjects. They also focus on specific industries or geographic regions. Business related topics can be studied using various methods, such as quantitative or qualitative ones.It is important to note that business topics for a research paper are frequently evolving and adapting to the current business environment, which makes them very dynamic. As a crucial part of the corporate world, they provide insights and understanding of various aspects of such an environment. These insights can help firms make informed decisions, develop new strategies, and stay competitive in the marketplace.

Characteristics of Good Business Research Topics

There are several characteristics that make business research paper topics good. Here are a few examples:

  • Relevance The chosen topic should be relevant to the present business environment. Therefore, it seeks to solve issues that are essential to both researchers and practitioners.
  • Feasibility Good research topics in business should be feasible to research. It means that there are readily available resources and information necessary for the project.
  • Significance: the topic should have practical implications for practitioners and companies.
  • Clarity It must be specific and clearly defined.
  • Originality It should contribute new perspectives or insights to the existing body of knowledge.

All of these characteristics together will make a good research topic, one that is valuable, informative, and useful for the corporate industry.

How to Choose a Business Topic for Research?

When writing your research, you should get your foundation right, which starts with choosing a good business related topic. Here are the steps you can use to select a business topic for research:

  • Identify your research area Find out the broad area of enterprise that you want to focus on.
  • Review the literature Conduct a literature review to identify current research trends, gaps, and issues in your chosen area.
  • Narrow down your focus Based on the literature review, narrow down your focus to a specific topic that is relevant, feasible, and original.
  • Assess feasibility Consider the time frame, resources, and data availability for the topic. Make sure that you have access to the necessary data and materials to conduct the research.
  • Finalize the topic Choose a topic that aligns with your interests and that you are passionate about. This will make the research process more enjoyable.
  • Consult with experts Seek advice from professionals in the field to get feedback on your topic and to make sure that it is relevant.

Business Research Topics List

A well-curated business research paper topics list can help researchers identify current trends, gaps in the literature, and emerging issues in the field. Here are some top business topics that are very useful.

  • How sustainable business practices affect a company’s financial performance.
  • Blockchain technology’s role in business.
  • Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on global supply chain management.
  • Impact of fintech on traditional financial institutions.
  • How digital transformation affects organizational culture.
  • Consequences of social media marketing for customer engagement.
  • Data analytics’ role in company performance and decision-making.
  • Impact of the gig economy on traditional employment model.
  • Abuse experienced by women in the workplace.
  • Revolution of firm operations and strategy due to artificial intelligence.

Interesting Business Topics for a Research Paper

We’ve compiled an interesting business topic list that can be helpful in your work. Before choosing research topics on business, you should understand the requirements, then select one that matches your interest from the list below.

  • Growth in tourism and its impact on the economy.
  • Limitations of global sanctions.
  • Determinants of consumer behavior.
  • Current changes in global labor unions.
  • History of economic thoughts.
  • Exploring trade embargo.
  • Comparative analysis of property rights.
  • Ways to maximize product profits.
  • Differences between tax bracket rates and fixed tax rate.
  • Factors to consider when choosing countries to invest in.
  • Relevant leadership styles for family-owned organizations.
  • Ways in which an organization can enter a foreign market.
  • Challenges of remote employment.
  • Advantages of franchising for the franchisee.
  • Languages used in international ventures.

These are just a few examples of the many topics that can be explored through research. The goal is to gain a deeper understanding of the factors that influence organizational performance and to develop strategies for addressing any challenges that arise.

Easy Business Research Paper Topics

Business research is an important aspect of understanding various factors that drive organizational success. However, some business research topics can be complex and time-consuming to investigate. Here are 15 great research paper business topics that may be researched quickly.

  • Storytelling’s role in marketing.
  • Impact of online communication tools on team productivity.
  • COVID-19 pandemic’s impacts on consumer buying behavior.
  • How virtual meetings enhance team collaboration.
  • Workplace diversity and employee satisfaction.
  • Telecommunications effects on employee morale.
  • Artificial intelligence’s role in personalization of marketing efforts.
  • Impact of gamification on employee training.
  • Green initiative’s impact on customer loyalty.
  • How branding affects consumer purchasing power.
  • How does mobile technology enhance customer service?
  • Customer reviews’ role in enhancing online sales.
  • How digital marketing drives sales for small businesses.
  • Importance of flexible working hours for employee productivity.
  • Characteristics of monopolistic markets.

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Unique Business Research Topics

Business paper topics listed below are unique and challenging in the sense that they offer new perspectives and angles on the research, and they are not widely studied. It's also important to note that this category of research topic about business can cover ideas in any sector related to corporate world.

  • Virtual reality’s role in enhancing customer experience in luxury retail.
  • Artificial intelligence and human resources recruitment.
  • Using virtual and augmented reality in real estate.
  • LMS software for small businesses .
  • Greenwashing’s effect on consumer purchasing behavior.
  • Applying Internet of Things in predictive maintenance.
  • Virtual reality’s application in team building.
  • How mindfulness practices impact decision-making and productivity.
  • Application of augmented reality in e-commerce and retail.
  • Using blockchain technology in supply chain management.
  • Barriers to entering monopolistic markets.
  • How chatbots lead to employee satisfaction.
  • Emotional intelligence’s impact on effectiveness of leadership.
  • Impact of AI-generated content on company sales.
  • Effective advertising techniques for SMEs.

Popular Business Research Topics

Some business research paper topics are widely popular among researchers as well as practitioners as they are considered to be of current interest and relevance. These topics are popular since they are often studied to understand the current trends and challenges in the industry. Here are 15 popular business related research topics.

  • The current political and economic changes in America.
  • What causes changes in stock market.
  • Machine learning in the HR industry .
  • History of global trade.
  • Opportunities and challenges of globalization.
  • How to be successful in real estate industry.
  • How does corporate culture affect organizational performance?
  • Current corporate trends in the US.
  • Importance of a healthy work environment.
  • Ways to increase brand awareness.
  • Negotiation’s role in organizational change.
  • How SMEs affect the country’s economy.
  • Relationship between culture and company performance.
  • Initiatives to protect small and medium enterprises.
  • COVID-19 effects on economic performance of companies.

Controversial Business Research Topics

There are some research topics related to business that are controversial and can challenge widely held beliefs or societal norms. We’ve created a list of controversial business topic ideas below. You can choose any that interests you.

  • Automation’s impact on job displacement.
  • Corporate social responsibility’s role in addressing social issues.
  • Income inequality’s effects on firm performance.
  • Influence of Artificial Intelligence on privacy and ethical concerns.
  • Big data’s role in decision-making and potential biases.
  • Multinational companies’ impact on developing countries.
  • Sharing economy’s consequences on traditional industries and regulations.
  • Using blockchain technology in financial privacy and security.
  • How companies can be responsible for political lobbying.
  • Cannabis industry’s role in Canada’s economic development.
  • Ethical implication of AI in corporate world.
  • How surveillance affects employee privacy.
  • Effects of automation on the future of work.
  • Digital currency’s role in financial inclusion.
  • Social media’s impact on political polarization.

Business Research Proposal Topics

Whether you are an investor or a customer at a local grocery store, everyone is involved in some form of venture that prompts them to develop business research proposal ideas. Students in different academic levels may also be required to write a proposal before their research. Below are some business proposal topics to research that can help you explore your ideas.

  • Reducing workplace stress using virtual reality.
  • AI's potential impact on organizations venturing in healthcare.
  • How the current digital revolution has affected the corporate world.
  • Importance of video surveillance to organizations.
  • Potential solutions that private firms can implement to be economically secure.
  • Reasons why low self-esteem is detrimental at workplace.
  • Small independent organizations: lifelines in a world of giant franchises.
  • Solutions to the world's joblessness problem and how to implement them.
  • How workers’ motivation affects productivity.
  • A social problem: how altering consumer behavior affects retail sales.
  • Factors that determine the length of paternity leave given to employees.
  • The present-day world's environmental problems and their implications for business management.
  • Importance of leadership abilities in maintaining authority.
  • A methodical survey of investment approaches in real estate industry.
  • Comparing direct marketing with other types of advertisement .

Business Research Paper Topics for Students

Research topic ideas for business students can cover a wide range of areas, including management, marketing, finance, and operations. These themes are meant to be used as inspiration for students to conduct research on the business field and can be tailored to meet the specific requirements of the assignment. Research paper topics related to business may also be chosen from areas of interest such as customer service, digital marketing, e-commerce, and green business practices.

Business Research Topics for College Students

Business topics for college students provide an opportunity to conduct research and gain a deeper understanding of the various factors that drive organizational success. Here are 15 potential business topics to write about.

  • Ways to ensure diversity in the workplace.
  • Virtual and augmented reality’s role in enhancing customer experience.
  • Effectiveness of various quality leadership styles in different industries.
  • Corporate governance’s impact on organizational performance.
  • Digitalization and its influence on the news industry.
  • Effectiveness of Artificial Intelligence in personalization of marketing efforts.
  • How virtual teams affect productivity and communication of employees in an organization.
  • How does the sharing economy affect traditional industries and regulations?
  • Ways in which privacy concerns influence consumer purchase behavior.
  • How the Internet of Things impacts supply chain management.
  • Digital currency’s role in financial inclusion and inequality.
  • Different insurance forms for a company.
  • Benefits of personalizing a firm website.
  • The future of virtual reality in organizations.
  • How greenwashing affects consumer purchasing behavior.

Business Research Topics for MBA Students

Business research project topics cover a wide range of areas and can be tailored to meet the specific requirements of the assignment or the student's area of interest. These topics are also relevant to the current business environment and can provide MBA students with a chance to explore the various challenges and opportunities that companies face today. Highlighted below is a list of business research paper ideas that you can consider.

  • Digitalization’s impact on the financial industry and its regulation.
  • Artificial Intelligence’s role in the healthcare industry.
  • How corporate social responsibility affects financial performance and reputation.
  • E-commerce’s effect on brick-and-mortar retail firms.
  • Big data’s role in marketing.
  • COVID-19 pandemic on global trade and investment.
  • Importance of time management in an organization.
  • Using virtual and augmented reality in real estate and construction.
  • Digital transformation’s impact on the public sector and government.
  • Applying blockchain technology in logistics and transportation.
  • What are the sustainable firm practices that an organization should adopt?
  • How social media affects consumer behavior and decision-making.
  • Digital marketing’s role in the B2B industry.
  • Artificial Intelligence’s impact on human resources management.
  • The impact of political and economic changes on renewable energy.

Research Topics on Business in Different Fields

Business research topics cover various industries and sectors, including finance, healthcare, marketing, as well as logistics. They can provide insight into the different business challenges and opportunities that different industries face today. Researchers dive deeper into specific fields to understand how business practices and strategies differ, as well as how they can be improved. These research business ideas can also be tailored to match the specific requirements of the assignment or the student's area of interest.

International Business Research Paper Topics

International business topics for research can encompass various aspects of cross-border trade as well as investment, including market entry strategies, cultural differences, and global supply chain management. Listed here are 15 potential research paper topics on international business.

  • How cultural differences affect international business negotiations.
  • An examination of the challenges and opportunities of international franchising.
  • The impact of currency fluctuations on international business performance.
  • Different forms of international business ownership.
  • Role of international trade agreements and their impact on companies.
  • Brexit’s impact on international business .
  • Corporate social responsibility and its effect on international business reputation.
  • Impact of language barriers on international business communication.
  • How international organizations promote sustainable development.
  • Most effective market entry strategies for emerging markets.
  • Political and economic instability’s role in international trade.
  • Role of technology in facilitating cross-border e-commerce.
  • Impact of international enterprise on host-country workers.
  • Influence of international ventures on environmental sustainability.
  • International business’ influence on local cultures and traditions.

Business Law Topics for a Research Paper

Business law research paper topic ideas can encompass various legal issues that organizations face, including contract law, intellectual property law, and corporate governance. Here are 15 potential research paper topics for business law class.

  • Effectiveness of different forms of alternative dispute resolution in business disputes.
  • Consumer protection laws.
  • Challenges and opportunities of cross-border litigation in international business.
  • The effects of corporate governance on organizational performance and accountability.
  • Securities laws on initial public offerings and capital raising.
  • The role of intellectual property law in protecting innovation and creativity in the digital age.
  • Challenges and opportunities of merger and acquisition regulation.
  • The impact of labor laws on human resources management and recruitment.
  • Effectiveness of different forms of corporate social responsibility in addressing social and environmental issues.
  • The role of competition law in promoting fair competition and protecting consumer welfare.
  • Limitations of international trade law and its impact on firms.
  • Data privacy laws on company operations and decision-making.
  • Contract law on e-commerce and online business.
  • The role of property law in real estate and construction enterprises.
  • Limitations and opportunities of corporate governance in family-owned firms.
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Research Topics in Business Administration

Business administration research topics can encompass various aspects of organizational management, including leadership, strategy, and operations. They are also relevant to the current business environment and provide an opportunity to explore challenges that companies face in the field of business administration. We’ve compiled a list of business administration topics for a research paper that can be helpful to you.

  • Effective leadership styles for different types of organizations.
  • The impact of organizational culture on employee engagement and performance.
  • Opportunities and limitations of virtual teams and remote work.
  • The effects of innovation management on organizational performance.
  • Digitalization’s impact on organizational structure and processes.
  • The role of project management in driving organizational success.
  • Reasons to implement mergers and acquisitions.
  • The impact of corporate social responsibility on organizational reputation and brand image.
  • Automation and machine learning influence organizational processes and decision-making.
  • Human resources management’s role in promoting a healthy and inclusive work environment.
  • Limitations of international expansion.
  • The impact of data analytics and big data on organizational decision-making and performance.
  • Effectiveness of different organizational change management forms.
  • Operations management’s role in driving efficiency and productivity.
  • Sustainable firm practices and their impact on organizational performance.

Business Management Research Topics

Are you specialized in management and looking for related business management research paper topics? This article lists business report topics below that can be useful to you.

  • Applying artificial intelligence in business management.
  • Gig economy and its impact on workforce management.
  • Innovative Human Resource practices to improve employee resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Ways to promote sustainable development in an organization.
  • How virtual reality impacts human behavior and well-being.
  • The use of technology in strategic management.
  • Gender disparity and discrimination in wages.
  • Strategies to encourage more women leaders in organizations.
  • Team building strategies.
  • Connection between labor productivity and salary.
  • Enhancing employee retention rate.
  • Conflict management in a company.
  • Ways to motivate employees.
  • Social media’s impact on business.
  • How do you ensure diversity in leadership?

These topics cover a wide range of areas and can be tailored to meet the specific requirements of the assignment or the student's area of interest. They provide insight into the field of business management and can help equip you with necessary skills needed in that study area.

Business Ethics Topics for a Research Paper

Business ethics research paper topics can encompass various issues related to moral and ethical principles in the business world, such as corporate social responsibility, diversity and inclusion, and integrity in decision-making. Highlighted below are topics for a business ethics essay or paper that you can consider.

  • Corporate social responsibility and consumer trust.
  • Forms of corruption in private sector organizations.
  • Ways to promote sustainable development.
  • Diversity and inclusion policies.
  • How corporate governance impacts organizational integrity.
  • Forms of whistle-blower protection.
  • Organization’s role in addressing social and environmental issues.
  • Challenges of implementing a code of conduct.
  • Ways to enhance organizational reputation and brand image.
  • Different forms of corporate social responsibility reporting.
  • Principles of ethical management.
  • The impact of ethics on employee engagement and motivation.
  • How to address issues of social and environmental justice.
  • Business ethics’ impact on the financial performance of a company.
  • How do companies address human rights issues?

Business Communication Research Topics

The success of a business depends significantly on the communication between stakeholders. Business communication topics can include different aspects within and between organizations, including cross-cultural, digital, and crisis communication. If you want to study it, here are some business research topics ideas to consider.

  • Essential digital tools used in business communication.
  • Forms of multimedia communication in organizations.
  • Communication’s role in promoting a healthy and inclusive work environment.
  • Cross-functional communication in organizations.
  • Communication technology’s impact on networking and relationship building.
  • Forms of internal communication in different industries.
  • How communication promotes transparency and trust.
  • Ways of communicating during mergers and acquisitions.
  • How communication technology impacts the financial industry .
  • Nonverbal communication in firm interactions.
  • Using social media in organizational communication.
  • Enhancing team dynamics and collaboration through communication.
  • Crisis communication in the digital age.
  • Language barriers in international organizations.
  • Intergenerational communication in the workplace.

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Business Speech Research Topics

Research topics in business include various aspects of oral communication in the corporate world, such as public speaking, presentations, as well as pitch deliveries. Do you have a speech that you want to deliver related to enterprise and still not sure of the topic to choose? Here are general business research topic ideas you can use.

  • Types of corporate crimes you should look out for as our employees.
  • Never be afraid of your competitors.
  • How to deliberately think and plan for your success.
  • Moving your company a generation ahead.
  • How to ensure effective leadership in your company.
  • How to reward your employees.
  • Ways to motivate your employees.
  • Encouraging innovation in your firm.
  • Why should everyone have a business plan before starting one?
  • How we can deal with breach of contract.
  • Types of insurance cover we should consider for a company.
  • Ways to improve our company’s reputation in public.
  • How to write effective business letters.
  • Why we should actively participate in corporate social responsibilities.
  • How to increase our sales.
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Business Debate Research Topics

Business research questions for debate involve various aspects of public discourse as well as arguments in the corporate world, such as ethical dilemmas, industry trends, and policy decisions. These themes can provide an opportunity to explore different perspectives and arguments on a particular issue and to evaluate their strengths as well as weaknesses. Some of the debatable business research project ideas include the following:

  • Is investing in stocks like taking a chance on the lottery?
  • Do you think cryptocurrencies should power the corporate world?
  • Is it true that men account for more successful company owners?
  • Do women fare better than men in the corporate world?
  • When it comes to commerce, how trustworthy are cryptocurrencies, and how does advertising them increase their customer base?
  • Are corporations with a global reach causing more harm than good?
  • If a company invests in advertisements, do they see a return on its investment?
  • Do jobs in cooperation constitute a new form of slavery?
  • Should it be possible to blend politics with corporations?
  • Do you think getting an MBA is worth the cost?
  • Does technology make people less productive?
  • Are companies overlooking the issue of cybersecurity?
  • Has the introduction of emails improved communication within companies?
  • Is artificial intelligence bad for the corporate world?
  • Unlike theft, infringing on copyright does not deprive the victim of the original product.

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Bottom Line on Business Research Paper Topics

There are numerous categories of topics for business research paper. The chosen topic should be a reflection of your expertise. Before deciding on the research paper topic about business to write on, you must first establish your specialty besides ensuring you have the necessary facts as well as resources. Provided in this article are 250 business research ideas. Feel free to choose from any category depending on your area of interest. Don't forget to proofread as well as modify your final paper several times before submission. All the best! Just in case you need to conduct a study in another field, remember that we have a huge arsenal of topics in various disciplines. From psychology research topics to sociology research paper topics , you can spot any title idea for an A-grade work.


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When pursuing business programs in colleges and universities, students are required to write papers or do my thesis on business research topics. The major challenge for most students is choosing topics for their papers. A vast majority of them are stuck in this step because they fear choosing a topic that is not interesting or too broad and end up with poor grades.

Nevertheless, many inspirations in the contemporary can guide you when choosing business topics for a research paper. Whether you are pursuing a bachelor’s degree or preparing for your Ph.D. defense, there are many topics that you can write about. You just need to choose a topic that you will be interested in researching and writing a paper about.

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There are many factors to consider when choosing a topic for a research paper about business. They include the following:

  • Whether your professor provides the topic scope and if you are permitted to change it.
  • Whether you have been given a thematic area within which to choose a topic.
  • Whether you have specialized in a specific subject.
  • If you have the total freedom to choose your topic

If you have complete freedom to choose your topic, start with a little research. For instance, you can read news websites, analyze successful companies and corporations, or track problems that other people write about. If you still don’t find a topic after doing this, consider the examples of business research topics provided here.

Your choice of the best topic for your business paper should depend on the field you are interested in. Additionally, your topic should be engaging and related to your study program. It should also enable you to conduct extensive research and come up with facts to back up your argument. What’s more, the best business topics for research papers grab the readers’ attention.

This explains why many students get nervous or struggle when required to choose topics for their business papers. Nevertheless, students cover many topics and subjects during their studies. What you learn in class can, therefore, be your inspiration when choosing topics for business research papers. But, if you find it hard to come up with a topic for your research paper, the internet has many samples that you can consider.

Though there are many sample topics to consider when writing a business research paper, your choice should depend on your study level, the field of interest, and assignment requirements. Here are different categories of business research topics for college students and their examples.

Business Ethics Research Paper Topics

Business ethics is a study field that gives students the freedom to choose from different topics. For instance, a student can choose a topic in this field around duties, morality, integrity, and business behavior. The increasing business ethics issues widen the range of the topics students can choose from in this category. What’s more, business ethics cover ethical conflicts between individuals and groups of employers, employees, customers, and the surrounding. Here are examples of topics for research papers in this category.

  • Effects of Moral Principles on Business Decisions
  • Causes of Unethical Conducts in Workplaces
  • Should Businesses Be Honest with their Customers All the Time?
  • The Psychology and History of Business Ethics
  • Examples of Moral Judgment that Doesn’t Work in Business
  • How Ethical Mistakes can Lead to Business Bankruptcy
  • Are Business Ethics the Same for the Manager and the Personnel?
  • How to Avoid Sexual Harassment at the Workplace
  • Why is an Ethical Code Important for Companies?
  • Taking Responsibility for the Corporate Ethics of a Company

The fact that people engage in different businesses creates a chance to research common topics like workplace honesty and general topics like environmental protection.

When writing a business management research paper, it’s important to come up with a researchable and interesting question. This can be a challenging task because there are many facets and resources in the business management field. Nevertheless, it’s still possible to find a focused, narrow question that forms the topic of a research paper. Here are examples of topics for business management research papers.

  • Conflict Management in a Work Team
  • The Role of Women in Business Management
  • Issues that Affect Management of Business Startups
  • Consequences of Excessive Work in Business
  • Why You Should Start a New Business After One Fails
  • Importance of Inter-organizational Leadership and Networks
  • How to Manage Organizational Crisis in Business
  • Product and Service Development in a Strategic Alliance
  • Innovation and Network Markets as a Business Strategy
  • Social Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

Business management research paper topics should not be too narrow or too broad. Nevertheless, there are many topics on enterprise, trade, commerce, and other subjects that you can explore because they all require extensive research.

A business law topic is not easy to find. That’s because your topic should attract the attention of your reader and relate to the broad field of business law. As such, you should narrow down your topic to something more focused. Here are examples of topics for business law papers.

  • How Do You Define Authority Before You Start Business Negotiations?
  • Insider Trading- What Does it Mean in the Contemporary World?
  • Are Alcohol Consumption and Sale Laws Beneficial to the Public’s Wellbeing?
  • Should Some Corporate Crimes Warrant Death Penalty?
  • Can State Officials Succeed when Dismissed for their Implication in Corruption Cases?
  • How Marijuana-Based Businesses Interact with the Federal and State Law
  • What Should a Business Do to Ensure that Its Former Employees Do Not Join Its Rival Firm?
  • Should Author Protection for Written Work Be Done with Nom de Plumes or Legal Names?
  • How can Non-Disclosure Agreements save a Company from Disgruntled former Employees?
  • How is Copyright Law Favorable to an Artist or a Singer when the Recording Company represents it?

Though there are many business law research topics , it’s important to choose a topic that you are personally interested in to make writing your paper an interesting task.

International topics allow students to explore global business subjects. These topics can be more complex though lucrative. It’s not surprising that this category comprises mostly of business research topics for MBA students. Here are examples of international topics for research papers.

  • Is Social Media Presence Important for Companies Around the World?
  • How Does War between Countries Affect Businesses?
  • Examples of Companies that Have Failed in the International Markets and Why How Do You Spot a Small Business that is Likely to Become a Successful Multi-National?
  • What Languages are Likely to Be International Business Languages in the Future?
  • Should international companies be forced to supply healthcare services to full-time employees?
  • Should maternity leave in international business be increased?
  • Should recruiters be allowed to ask questions about an applicant’s personal life?
  • Should we attempt for an equal representation of male and feminine leaders within the workplace?
  • Should social media sites be blocked at work?
  • Casual dress codes and the corporate world.
  • International businesses and their influence on national businesses.

International topics for research papers should be current. They can’t be too general or too narrow. If your topic is too general or too narrow, you will be writing a paper that won’t delve deep or say much. This won’t earn you the grade you desire.

Topics on business administration give students a chance to explore something innovative. However, choosing a topic in this category can frustrating because there are many options available. Here are examples of business administration topics.

  • How Advertisement Affects Consumer Behavior
  • How Wages Affect Employees’ Productivity
  • How Staff Motivation Affects Productivity
  • How to Measure Employee Retention Rate
  • Customer follow-up techniques as after-sales methods.
  • Why business will harden you
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Equal opportunities for both sexes
  • Good governance ethics and social responsibility.
  • The way to cope with a breach of contract.
  • The various external factors affecting employee retention.

When writing a business administration research paper, it’s important to choose an effective topic that you can research and present properly. It’s also important to consider the field you are interested in and the goal of writing your paper. An ideal business administration topic is one that you are interested to learn more about.

Argumentative business papers use the existing, published materials and literature. So, when choosing business research proposal topics in this category, students should explore the existing information first. This will enable them to use the existing data when presenting their understanding of the topics argumentatively. The major challenge is to choose a topic that relates to your field of business study. Here are examples of argumentative business topics.

  • Acquisition vs. merger- Which one is better?
  • Businesses that Focus on Market Vs. Businesses that Focus on Products
  • Is Offering Better Value to New Employees a Wise Move?
  • Can Business Develop Leadership through Practice and Learning?
  • Is it Wise for a Company to Exploit Labor in Maximizing Profits?
  • Investing in Digital Marketing and Social Media Campaigns- Does it Capture the Audience Attention?
  • Monetary Incentives Versus Personal Acknowledgement and Fringe Benefits
  • Is having a crypto investment risk for businesses?
  • Is there a bias against the workplace?
  • Is it possible to work while stressed?
  • Why are there corporate loans and special grants for females’ start-ups?

Before you decide to write a paper on an argumentative business topic, it’s important to establish your position. Make sure that you have evidence or you can find facts to support your position. Your idea should be put on a pedestal when making your argument.

Business communication is solely the act of sharing and distributing information between people within and outdoors a corporation and how the staff and management communicate to assist out organizational problems. The best researchable business communication topics for presentation include:

  • Social media usage
  • Non-verbal communication
  • Giving proper feedback
  • Communicating decisions during an issue or crisis
  • Business and email etiquettes and manners
  • Usage of company blogs
  • Role of influencers for building a brand
  • Impact of social media for workers
  • Differences between qualitative and quantitative data analysis
  • Secrets of advertising and marketing

You would have to note that these are two different things; informative speeches support educating and training. In persuasive speeches, you’re imploring that they participate in something or buy something. Some business persuasive and informative speech topics include:

  • Ergonomics in the workspace
  • Standards in creative and financial accounting
  • Understanding business copyright protection
  • What are the categories of insurance?
  • How to develop healthy work skills
  • How safety programs and dealing conditions relate to productivity
  • Conflict Management Strategies
  • How to create a comprehensive and viable business plan
  • Opportunities of internet advertising.
  • Internal control of resources.
  • What is a career break?
  • What impact do oil price fluctuations have on businesses?
  • Ways to draw in customer attention.
  • Time management
  • New fathers’ paternity leave.

Debate may be a valuable way of communicating and also persuading people. Interesting business debate topics for you include:

  • Can companies be trusted?
  • Are our casual dress codes beneficial for the company?
  • Employee drug test: yes, or no?
  • Should dating within the workplace be allowed?
  • Should companies spy on employees on social media?
  • Companies should be forced to produce health care for full-time employees.
  • Are employees that employment from home productive?
  • Does job satisfaction help in productivity?
  • Men should stay longer off for paternity leave.
  • Non-financial incentives and financial incentives – which is better?
  • How to put in place strict work policies.

Qualitative business research has to do with the creative and investigative analysis of intangible and inexact data. Here are some qualitative research titles about business for your dissertation.

  • Handling backlash during a project program
  • Ways to relieve pressure for strict work deadlines
  • Time management essence in goal setting
  • Managers should be flexible in their decisions.
  • How to manage an organizational crisis in business and work
  • What is a product development and how to do it the right way?
  • Major types of business insurance
  • Ways to enhance short and long run career plans
  • Networking for a successful manager
  • Harassment within the workplace.
  • Telemarketing ideas for tiny companies.

MBA is a prestigious postgraduate qualification outlining key business practices and is valued by top employers. Great MBA research paper topics include:

  • Gender representation in advertising
  • Impact of workplace diversity on company culture
  • Result of emotional branding on customer loyalty
  • Steps to run a successful retail business.
  • Molestation should be taken more seriously within the workplace.
  • Should business strikers be fired?
  • Strong unions are necessary for the economic process.
  • How do team-building events foster unity in the workplace?
  • To be a business owner, you need to learn to be organized.
  • Top ten strategic e-marketing issues.
  • Business and politics: should they be mixed?

This develops methods and tools for founders, which are given to start-up companies. To go in-depth, here are some entrepreneurial research topics:

  • Entrepreneurship skills acquisition and product innovation
  • Determining the impact of technological advancement on entrepreneurship in a company
  • Determinants of entrepreneurial innovation in an organization
  • Role of entrepreneurship in solving unemployment
  • To be a good business owner, you must learn to be well-organized
  • A way to promote the business without a marketing budget?
  • The right technique to write effective business letters
  • Important business ethics for running a startup
  • Negotiation techniques every manager must-have.
  • Recruitment and staffing decisions are crucial to the success of any business.
  • How performance-related pay can enhance motivation in the workplace.

Business intelligence ensures business owners and employees are at the top of their game at all times. Business intelligence topics worthy of consideration include:

  • Role of human resources in company development
  • Impact of organizational culture on employee performance
  • Evaluating the impact of strategy and leadership for organizational development
  • Factors influencing employee motivation.
  • SMEs and their risk management approach.
  • Ageism within the workplace
  • Impact of advertisement strategy on consumer behavior.
  • Data analysis implementation for business intelligence
  • Knowledge management for organizational knowledge generation
  • Research on knowledge extraction using data processing for business operations
  • How poor leadership can bankrupt a business.

A great business research paper requires a relevant subject and one that may distinguish it from other papers. Frequently asked business research paper questions include:

  • Repackaging a product: is it possible to avoid copyright infringement?
  • Is it possible for a father to require paternity leave at work?
  • What are the best methods of identifying bankruptcy and fraud?
  • Can discrimination affect the work environment?
  •  Should companies provide penalties for smoking employers?
  •  How does piracy influence the gaming business?
  • Is there anything like the law of molestation at the workplace?
  • What causes favoritism in the workplace?
  •  15 Ways to start an e-business successfully
  • How is the worldwide pandemic changing international business strategies concerning different sectors?
  • What are the best training and development tactics in the office?

Topics for business papers fall into different categories. The choice of your topic should reflect your subject area or study field. But, above all, your topic should capture the readers’ attention from the moment they come across it. It should also be straightforward, original, and specific. That means you should understand your study field well to select a good topic. Therefore, conduct some research before you choose a topic for your business thesis or research paper. Besides, providing good topics for you, we can also help you with your business research paper topics.

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  • Interpretation of the results
  • Comparison with previous studies
  • Implications of the findings

VI. Conclusion and Recommendations

  • Summary of key findings
  • Limitations of the study
  • Suggestions for future research
  • Practical recommendations (if applicable)

VII. References List all sources cited in the report following the required citation style (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.).

VIII. Appendices Include supplementary material such as raw data, detailed tables, questionnaires, etc.

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  • Title of the Report
  • Author’s Name
  • Course Name and Code
  • Instructor’s Name
  • Date of Submission
  • A concise summary of the research question, methodology, key findings, and conclusions (about 200-300 words).

Table of Contents

  • Lists all sections and subsections with page numbers.

List of Figures and Tables

  • If applicable, list all figures and tables included in the report with page numbers.


  • Introduce the research topic, providing background information and context.
  • Clearly state the research question or hypothesis.
  • Outline the report’s structure.

Literature Review

  • Summarize and critique existing research related to your topic.
  • Identify gaps in the current knowledge that your research aims to fill.


  • Describe the research design and methods used for data collection and analysis.
  • Include details on participants, instruments, procedures, and data processing.
  • Present the findings of your research without interpretation.
  • Use charts, graphs, and tables to illustrate data where appropriate.
  • Interpret the results, linking them to your research question and the literature review.
  • Discuss the implications of your findings and any limitations of your study.
  • Summarize the key findings and their relevance.
  • Suggest areas for future research.
  • List all sources cited in your report in the appropriate citation style (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.).
  • Include any additional materials (e.g., raw data, detailed analyses, questionnaires) that are relevant to the report but too voluminous for the main body.

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Final Research Report

  • Title of the Research
  • Affiliation(s)
  • A concise summary of the entire research, including the purpose, methodology, key findings, and conclusions (150-250 words).
  • Lists the main sections and their page numbers for easy navigation.
  • Itemizes all figures and tables included in the report with page numbers.
  • Introduces the research topic, states the research problem, and outlines the objectives.
  • Presents the background and significance of the study.
  • Specifies the research questions or hypotheses.
  • Reviews relevant existing research and theoretical frameworks.
  • Establishes the foundation for the research and highlights gaps the study aims to fill.
  • Describes the research design, data collection methods, and analysis procedures.
  • Details the sample selection, instruments used, and any limitations of the study.

Results (or Findings)

  • Presents the data collected in an organized manner, using tables, graphs, and descriptive text.
  • Summarizes the findings without interpretation.
  • Interprets the results, linking them back to the research questions and existing literature.
  • Discusses the implications of the findings and any unexpected results.
  • Addresses the limitations of the study and suggests areas for future research.
  • Summarizes the key findings and their relevance.
  • Restates the significance of the study and its contributions to the field.

Recommendations (if applicable)

  • Provides suggestions based on the research findings for practical actions, policy changes, or further research.
  • Lists all sources cited in the research report following the appropriate academic style (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.).

Appendices (if necessary)

  • Includes additional materials like raw data, detailed analyses, questionnaires, or maps.

Acknowledgments (optional)

  • Thanks individuals, organizations, or institutions that contributed to the research.

Formatting Tips:

  • Ensure consistency in headings, subheadings, and text formatting throughout the document.
  • Use clear and concise language, avoiding jargon where possible.
  • Proofread for spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors.
  • Adhere to the citation style and formatting guidelines specified by your institution or publication.

This structure provides a comprehensive overview for writing a final research report, ensuring that all critical aspects of the research are communicated effectively.

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Tips for Writing Research Reports

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  • Understand Your Audience : Tailor the language, depth of detail, and complexity of your report to meet the needs and understanding level of your audience. Whether it’s for academic peers, industry professionals, or the general public, ensure the content is accessible and relevant.
  • Start with a Clear Abstract : Provide a concise and informative abstract that summarizes the key points of your research, including the problem, methodology, results, and conclusions. This helps readers quickly understand the essence of your report.
  • Organize Your Report Logically : Follow a structured format that includes an introduction, literature review, methodology, findings/results, discussion, conclusion, and references. A logical flow helps readers follow your research process and findings.
  • Be Precise and Concise : Use clear and direct language to convey your research. Avoid unnecessary jargon and verbosity. Make every word count by being as concise as possible without omitting crucial information.
  • Use Visuals Effectively : Incorporate charts, graphs, tables, and figures to illustrate key findings and support your analysis. Visuals can help clarify complex data and make your report more engaging.
  • Cite Sources Rigorously : Accurately cite all sources of information, data, and literature you’ve used in your research. This not only adds credibility to your report but also acknowledges the work of others in your field.
  • Discuss Limitations and Implications : Be honest about the limitations of your research and discuss the implications of your findings. This demonstrates your critical thinking and understanding of the research context.
  • Proofread and Edit : Thoroughly proofread your report for spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors. Consider having a peer or mentor review your work for clarity and coherence.
  • Include Recommendations : If appropriate, end your report with practical recommendations based on your findings. This can add value to your research by suggesting future directions or actions.
  • Stay Ethical : Ensure your research and reporting practices are ethical. Respect privacy, obtain necessary permissions, and report data and findings truthfully.

Following these tips can enhance the quality of your research report, making it informative, credible, and impactful.

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What Is a Research Report?

A research report is a document that presents the findings, analysis, and conclusions of a research study or investigation. It typically includes details about the research methods, data analysis, and results, providing valuable information on a particular topic or issue.

A research report is a comprehensive document that presents the findings, sample analysis, and interpretations of a systematic investigation or study. It serves as a formal record of research endeavors, providing a structured overview of the research process, methodologies employed, data collected, and the outcomes derived from the study.

Structure of a Research Report:

  • Includes the title of the report, the names of the authors, their affiliations, and the date of publication.
  • Offers a concise summary of the research, highlighting the purpose, methods, results, and conclusions.
  • Sets the stage for the research, outlining the background, objectives, and the research question or hypothesis.
  • Surveys existing literature relevant to the research topic, providing context and justifying the study.
  • Describes the research design review , methods of data collection, and statistical or analytical techniques used.
  • Presents the raw data, often using tables, sample graphs, or charts for clarity, without interpretation.
  • Interprets the results, relates them to the research question, and discusses their implications. Compares findings with existing literature.
  • Summarizes the key findings, reaffirms the research’s significance, and suggests avenues for future research.
  • Proposes practical suggestions based on the study’s outcomes.
  • Lists all sources cited in the report, following a specific citation style (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.).
  • Includes supplementary materials such as raw data, questionnaires, or additional details that support the main text.

Key Components of a Research Report:

  • Objectivity: A research report should maintain a neutral and objective tone, avoiding biases and subjective interpretations.
  • Precision: Clearly defines terms, uses precise language, and ensures the accuracy of data representation.
  • Validity: Ensures that the research is well-designed and conducted, producing reliable results.
  • Clarity: Communicates complex information in a clear and understandable manner to a diverse audience.
  • Ethical Considerations: Addresses any ethical concerns related to the research, including participant consent and data confidentiality.

Importance of Research Reports:

  • Communication: Conveys research findings to the academic community and beyond.
  • Record Keeping: Serves as a permanent record of the research, aiding in replication or verification.
  • Decision-Making: Informs policymakers, businesses, and practitioners for informed decision-making.
  • Contribution to Knowledge: Adds to the existing body of knowledge in a specific field.

In essence, a research report is a vital tool for disseminating knowledge, fostering academic discourse, and contributing to the advancement of various fields.

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Here is a great template for writing a report on any kind of research. Once you study and collect all the necessary data on the specific topic simply download this report template and refer to the format. Write as per the format in the template.

Types of Research Report?

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  • Descriptive Research Report: Focuses on providing a detailed description of a subject, without attempting to establish causal relationships.
  • Analytical Research Report: Analyzes and interprets research findings to draw conclusions and make recommendations.
  • Experimental Research Report: Presents the methods, results, and analysis of controlled experiments.
  • Case Study Report: Examines in-depth the details of a particular case or situation, often in real-world contexts.
  • Survey Research Report: Reports on the data and analysis of surveys conducted to gather information from a sample of a population.
  • Review Research Report: Summarizes and evaluates existing research and literature on a specific topic, providing a comprehensive overview.

What are the Key Findings of your Research Report?

In conducting our research, several key findings emerged, shedding light on pivotal aspects within the scope of our study. We discovered that [include a key finding or two], which significantly influences [relevant area]. Moreover, our research analysis revealed [another key finding], indicating a notable trend in [specific context]. Additionally, [further key finding] surfaced, elucidating the correlation between [variables or factors]. These findings collectively highlight the need for [potential implications or actions]. Furthermore, [last key finding] unveils a previously unexplored facet, suggesting a new direction for future inquiries in this domain. These findings not only reinforce existing knowledge but also contribute valuable insights, offering a nuanced perspective on [research topic]. This comprehensive understanding is instrumental for [applicable field], guiding potential strategies or interventions and fostering continued exploration in this area of study.

Undergraduate Research Report Template

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If you are looking for a format to write an undergraduate research report , then you must go for this template. It explains in detail how the report must be written, the format, the fonts to be used, subheadings to be used and important information to include.

Why is the Research Report?

The research report holds significant importance for several reasons:

  • Research reports serve as a medium to share new knowledge, findings, and insights with the academic community, professionals, and the public.
  • By documenting research methodologies, results, and interpretations, reports contribute to the existing body of academic literature, aiding in the expansion of knowledge.
  • A well-structured research report provides sufficient details for other researchers to verify and replicate the study, ensuring the credibility and reliability of the findings.
  • Policymakers, businesses, and practitioners rely on research reports to make informed decisions. The findings can influence policy development, business strategies, and practical applications.
  • Research reports offer benchmarks for comparing new findings with existing knowledge, fostering a deeper understanding of a particular subject or problem.
  • Research reports often include sections on ethical considerations, ensuring that the research was conducted with integrity, adhering to ethical standards, and protecting the rights of participants.
  • The conclusion and recommendations sections of a research report guide future research by suggesting areas for further investigation and improvement.
  • A research report serves as an official record of the research process, documenting the entire journey from conceptualization and design to execution and conclusion.
  • Researchers use reports to communicate their findings to peers, fostering collaboration, discussion, and potential joint research endeavors.
  • Research reports are valuable educational resources, used in academic settings to teach research methodologies, critical thinking, and scientific writing.
  • Reports can be adapted for a broader audience, contributing to the public understanding of complex issues and scientific advancements.

Research Report Example

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This is a research report sample template that you can use for any kind of research paper sample . You need not search for different templates from the Internet. Simply download this template and observe the format to be used and what information must be included.

What is the Purpose of this Research Report?

The purpose statement of a research report is to communicate the findings, methodology, and implications of a specific research study or investigation. These simple reports serve as a vital medium for sharing the knowledge generated through the research process.

  • Information Dissemination: Research reports inform readers about the study’s objectives, research questions, and the data collected, providing a comprehensive overview of the research topic.
  • Contribution to Knowledge: They highlight the novelty and significance of the research, shedding light on the contributions it makes to the existing body of knowledge in a particular field.
  • Methodological Insights: Research reports describe the methods and techniques used in data collection and analysis. This transparency allows other researchers to evaluate the study’s rigor and replicate it if necessary.
  • Evidence-Based Decision-Making: Policymakers, professionals, and other stakeholders use research reports to make informed decisions, solve problems, and develop strategies based on the study’s findings and recommendations.
  • Resource Allocation: Organizations and funding agencies often rely on research reports to allocate resources effectively, as these reports provide valuable insights into where investments are needed most.
  • Academic and Professional Context: In academic and professional settings, research reports are essential for demonstrating research competence and for peer review, validation, and future research directions.

In summary, the primary purpose of a research report is to document, disseminate, and apply the knowledge generated through research, thereby advancing understanding and facilitating evidence-based decision-making in various fields.

Written Research Report Template

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The free research report template shows a different format f writing your research paper . You must include an introduction at the very beginning and talk about the background of your topic and later on add the main content of your study. Download it right away!

Basic Research Report Template

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How to Write a Research Report?

  • Start with a clear title and abstract summarizing the report.
  • Introduce the research topic and its significance.
  • Describe the research methods and data collection.
  • Present the findings, analysis, and interpretation.
  • Discuss the implications and relevance of the research.
  • Conclude with a summary of key points and recommendations.
  • Cite sources and include a bibliography.
  • Format the report professionally and proofread for clarity and accuracy.

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What are the Benefits of Research Report Samples?

Research report samples help you understand what is required of a research paper and in what format it must be written. With the help of these templates you can change the appearance of your paper from boring to impressive. The look of your paper matters a lot because it gives the first impression of you as a person to the evaluator.

If you follow the format and guidelines as per these samples, during submission you will definitely be appreciated and promised an approval. This is how these research report samples will benefit you while you have undertaken a research paper. You can also see  Company Analysis Report Templates .

All these research report templates are designed to make the content easily readable and understandable by anyone. All the formats and guidelines are specified so that your paper stands out among the rest and gets appreciation. These formats will help you make your paper presentable and convey your study in the most effective manner. To help you with your submission and presentation, we have come up with these great templates.

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What is Formal Research Report?

A formal research report is a structured and detailed document that follows a specific format and style. It includes sections like an abstract, introduction, methodology, findings, discussion, and conclusion. These report outline are often used in academic and professional settings to present research findings in a standardized and systematic manner.

What is the Role of a Research Report?

The role of a research report is to communicate the results, analysis, and conclusions of a research study to inform and educate readers, such as researchers, policymakers, or the general public, about a specific topic or issue. It serves as a valuable resource for decision-making, further research, or reference in various fields.

When do you need Research Report?

A research report is needed when you want to communicate the findings of a systematic investigation. It serves to document, share, and disseminate research outcomes to various audiences, contributing to knowledge and decision-making.

What is research report title?

The research report title is a concise and descriptive phrase that provides an overview of the study’s focus. It should capture the essence of the research, guiding readers on its subject.

Why do you need Research Report Samples?

Research report samples are required so that you can refer to the method of writing a research paper . As per the rules and guidelines, all the research papers must be submitted in a specific way. Your papers will not be accepted if they are written in any manner.

In conclusion, the research report serves as a comprehensive documentation of a study’s findings and insights. It plays a crucial role in advancing knowledge and facilitating informed decision-making in various fields.

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