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Research Methodology - Types Of Reports: Characteristics Of Good Research Report

General Reports - Types Of Reports: Characteristics Of Good Research Report

   Posted On :  27.05.2018 11:59 pm

General reports often relate popular policy issues mostly related to social issues.

General Reports
 
General reports often relate popular policy issues mostly related to social issues. These reports are generally simple, less technical, good use of tables and charts. Most often they reflect the journalistic style. Example for this type of report is the “Best B-Schools Survey in Business Magazines”. The outline of these reports is as follows:
 
1. Major Findings and their Implications
 
2. Recommendations for Action
 
3. Objectives of the Study
 
4. Method Employed for Collecting Data
 
5. Results
 

Writing Styles

 
There are atleast 3 distinct report writing styles that can be applied by students of Business Studies. They are called:
 
1. Conservative
 
2. Key points
 
3. Holistic
 

1. Conservative Style

 
Essentially, the conservative approach takes the best structural elements from essay writing and integrates these with appropriate report writing tools. Thus, headings are used to deliberate upon different sections of the answer. In addition, the space is well utilized by ensuring that each paragraph is distinct (perhaps separated from other paragraphs by leaving two blank lines in between).

2. Key Point Style


This style utilizes all of the report writing tools and is thus more overtly ‘report-looking’. Use of headings, underlining, margins, diagrams and tables are common. Occasionally reporting might even use indentation and dot points. The important thing to remember is that the tools should be applied in a way that adds to the report. The question must be addressed and the tools applied should assist in doing that. An advantage of this style is the enormous amount of information that can be delivered relatively quickly.

3. Holistic Style

 
The most complex and unusual of the styles, holistic report writing aims to answer the question from a thematic and integrative perspective. This style of report writing requires the researcher to have a strong understanding of the course and is able to see which outcomes are being targeted by the question.

 

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