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Contemporary Business Report Writing,9780324401875
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Contemporary Business Report Writing

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Edition:
3rd
ISBN13:

9780324401875

ISBN10:
0324401876
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
2/9/2006
Publisher(s):
South-Western College Pub

Summary

Master the skills of CONTEMPORARY BUSINESS REPORT WRITING using this step-by-step guide to creating all types of reports, such as a feasibility studies, business plans, and employee manuals. Starting with writing fundamentals, you'll work through the processes of planning and conducting research, then drafting, revising, editing, and producing a simple report. You'll aslo learn presentation techniques and skills you can use to effectively communicate the information contained in your reports.

Table of Contents

Report Characteristics
1(22)
Learning Objectives
1(1)
Functions of Business Reports
1(1)
Characteristics of Effective Reports
2(8)
Ethical Considerations
10(5)
Collaborative Writing
15(1)
Summary
16(1)
Topics for Discussion
16(1)
Applications
17(4)
References
21(2)
Planning and Writing the Report
23(32)
Learning Objectives
23(1)
Planning the Report
24(13)
Outlining the Report
37(8)
Drafting, Revising, and Editing the Report
45(2)
Collaborative Writing
47(3)
Ethical Considerations
50(1)
Summary
51(1)
Topics for Discussion
51(1)
Applications
52(2)
References
54(1)
Writing Style and Lapses
55(34)
Learning Objectives
55(1)
Choosing a Writing Style
55(8)
Frequently Occurring Writing Lapses
63(19)
Collaborative Writing
82(1)
Ethical Considerations
83(1)
Summary
83(1)
Topics for Discussion
84(1)
Applications
85(4)
Formatting the Report
89(24)
Learning Objectives
89(1)
Formatting the Report
89(11)
Principles of Document Design
100(6)
Using Computer Technology to Improve Report Formats
106(1)
Collaborative Writing
107(1)
Ethical Considerations
107(2)
Topics for Discussion
109(1)
Applications
110(2)
Reference
112(1)
Illustrating the Report
113(38)
Learning Objectives
113(1)
Purposes of Visual Aids
113(3)
Criteria for Effective Visual Aids
116(5)
Choosing and Constructing Visual Aids
121(19)
Computer Graphics
140(2)
Ethical Considerations
142(1)
Collaborative Writing
143(2)
Summary
145(1)
Topics for Discussion
145(1)
Applications
146(4)
References
150(1)
Writing Routine Reports
151(22)
Learning Objectives
151(1)
Typical Routine Reports
152(12)
Ethical Considerations
164(1)
Summary
164(1)
Topics for Discussion
164(1)
Applications
165(8)
Writing Nonroutine Reports
173(30)
Learning Objectives
173(1)
Examples of Nonroutine Reports
173(18)
Ethical Considerations
191(1)
Summary
192(1)
Topics for Discussion
192(1)
Applications
193(8)
References
201(2)
Planning the Research
203(22)
Learning Objectives
203(1)
Planning the Research
203(7)
The Research Proposal
210(5)
Ethical Considerations
215(4)
Summary
219(1)
Topics for Discussion
219(1)
Applications
220(5)
Selecting Data Sources
225(18)
Learning Objectives
225(1)
Determining Data Sources
225(2)
Evaluating Data Sources
227(3)
Sampling Data Sources
230(2)
Kinds of Samples
232(4)
Ethical Considerations
236(1)
Summary
237(1)
Topics for Discussion
237(1)
Applications
238(3)
Reference
241(2)
Using Secondary Data Sources
243(28)
Learning Objectives
243(1)
Locating Secondary Data
244(10)
Sources for Information on the Web
254(6)
Evaluating Sources
260(1)
Extracting Data and Keeping Records
260(4)
Acknowledging Secondary Sources
264(1)
Ethical Considerations
264(2)
Summary
266(1)
Topics for Discussion
266(1)
Applications
267(4)
Using Primary Data Sources
271(30)
Learning Objectives
271(1)
Acquiring Primary Data
271(8)
Preparing Instruments to Collect Primary Data
279(12)
Ethical Considerations
291(3)
Summary
294(1)
Topics for Discussion
294(1)
Applications
295(2)
References
297(4)
Analyzing Data for Complex Reports
301(28)
Learning Objectives
301(1)
Qualitative and Quantitative Data
302(2)
Requirements for Accurate Data Analysis
304(2)
Data Preparation
306(4)
Nonstatistical Analysis
310(1)
Statistical Analysis
311(5)
Using Statistical Software to Analyze Data
316(1)
Levels of Data Interpretation
317(4)
Ethical Considerations
321(1)
Summary
322(1)
Topics for Discussion
322(1)
Applications
323(5)
References
328(1)
Documenting Data Sources
329(16)
Learning Objectives
329(1)
Why You Should Acknowledge Data Sources
329(1)
Bibliography and Footnotes
330(1)
Reference List, Works Cited
330(8)
Footnotes and Endnotes
338(1)
In-Text Citations
339(1)
Standard Abbreviations
340(1)
Ethical Considerations
341(1)
Summary
341(1)
Topics for Discussion
342(1)
Applications
342(3)
Writing Business Research Reports
345(44)
Learning Objectives
345(1)
Parts of the Formal Business Report
345(9)
Formatting Guides
354(2)
Ethical Considerations
356(1)
Summary
357(29)
Topics for Discussion
386(1)
Applications
387(1)
References
388(1)
Planning and Delivering an Oral Report
389(38)
Learning Objectives
389(1)
Preparing the Presentation
390(15)
Presenting the Oral Report
405(7)
Using Presentation Aids
412(1)
Using Presentation Software
412(2)
Managing Question-Answer Sessions
414(3)
Participating in Team Presentations
417(1)
Participating in Electronic Conferences
418(1)
Ethical Considerations
419(2)
Summary
421(1)
Topics for Discussion
421(2)
Applications
423(3)
References
426(1)
Writing the Business Plan
427(62)
Learning Objectives
427(1)
Entrepreneurs and the Business Plan
427(3)
Components and Contents of a Business Plan
430(17)
Producing and Presenting the Business Plan
447(3)
Summary
450(1)
The KidSmart™ Business Plan
451(35)
Topics for Discussion
486(1)
Applications
487(1)
References
487(2)
Writing Policies, Procedures, and Instructions
489(26)
Learning Objectives
489(1)
Importance of Policies, Procedures, and Instructions
490(1)
Guides for Policies, Procedures, and Instructions
491(3)
Employee Manuals
494(6)
Procedures and Instructions
500(10)
Ethical Considerations
510(1)
Summary
511(1)
Topics for Discussion
511(1)
Applications
512(2)
References
514(1)
Promoting and Raising Funds for Nonprofit Organizations
515(1)
Learning Objectives
515(1)
The Nonprofit Arena
516(1)
Informational Messages
517(6)
Persuasive Messages
523(3)
Goodwill Messages
526(5)
Media Tips
531(1)
Grant Writing
536(7)
Administrative Writing
543(1)
Ethical Considerations
544(1)
Summary
545(1)
Topics for Discussion
545(1)
Applications
546(2)
References
548


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