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Writing Business Reports - Alumni


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Full course description




2.5 hours






When would you need to write a business report?

Maybe you’ve earned the chance to pitch your business plan to your company’s stakeholders, or you’re looking to show your manager what a successful quarter you had. If you went to a conference, you may need to write a summary of your takeaways. Whatever the reason, you need to write a business report that effectively conveys your message.

Reports are a key communication tool in business. And a well-formatted report establishes your credibility and professional abilities.

You'll learn the following in this course:

  • The differences between formal and informal reports.
  • How to properly format reports.
  • What sections may be found in each type of report.
  • Which type of report to use and when.

What are the differences between informal and formal reports?

Reports are classified into two main types: informal and formal. Informal reports tend to be shorter and simpler in nature. Formal reports tend to be longer and address complex topics.

Informal reports usually have specific topics grouped in paragraphs under simple headings. Informal report types include meeting minutes, status updates and conference reports.

Formal reports address topics that require substantial description of background, research on the topic and evidence to support any proposed solutions. Formal report types include research reports, proposals and business plans.

This course examines the different types of formal and informal reports, when to use each type and how to craft them.

Who this class is for:

This class is designed for professionals looking to write polished, effective business reports. This course will show you how to deliver your message through a variety of both formal and informal reports.

What you'll earn

You’ll earn a certificate of completion stating the title of the course, date and the institution.


Meet the instructor

Michael Rubinoff, PhD

Michael Rubinoff is an historian and faculty member of the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts. Since joining ASU in 1997, he has taught a wide array of traditional and online courses within the interdisciplinary studies/organizational leadership programs (core/special topics and electives) and American history. Prior to ASU, Professor Rubinoff resided in Washington, D.C. for 17 years. There, he served in administrative and writing capacities with major research organizations and was appointed as a deputy assistant secretary in the International Trade Administration/U.S. Dept. of Commerce. He managed a $13 million grant program which included 10 regional offices operated with major universities and private sector partners.