Business reports topics and tasks


Writing reports practice, including a big list of typical topics

By: Alex Case
Level: All Levels
Grammar Topic: General

Business reports topics and tasks

Do the task that your teacher tells you to with the list below, for example:

  • Suggest other topics for business reports that aren’t in the list
  • Write a report on one of those topics for homework
  • Discuss tips for writing one of those reports, then compare it to writing other kinds of reports such as those elsewhere in the list


Possible sections of your report

  • Front cover
  • Title page
  • Executive summary
  • List of contents/ Table of contents
  • Introduction
  • Background
  • Method
  • Findings
  • Conclusion
  • Recommendations
  • References
  • Appendix/ Appendices


  • Audits
  • Business plan
  • Business processes/ procedures
  • Business proposal
  • (IOS) certification
  • (Bringing about/ Implementing/ Responding to) change(s)/ innovation(s)/ disruption
  • Collaboration/ Teamwork (teambuilding, etc)
  • Compliance
  • (Interdepartmental/ Personal) conflict (resolution)/ Mediation
  • CSR (transparency, green issues such as carbon offsetting, etc)
  • Customer satisfaction (survey) (UX, etc)
  • (Reputational) damage (limitation)
  • Diversification
  • Downsizing/ Headcount
  • EDI
  • Efficiency/ Productivity/ Rationalisation
  • Feasibility (study)
  • Finance (cost cutting, ROI, revenue, sales/ turnover, etc)
  • (Long-term/ Medium-term/ Short-term) forecasts
  • Hot desking
  • HR (training, recruitment, work-life balance, burnout, etc)
  • Inspections
  • Integration
  • Inventory/ Stock
  • (Long-term/ Medium-term/ Short-term) investment
  • IT/ Tech (internet security, etc)
  • Logistics
  • Market conditions (market saturation, etc)
  • Mission (statement)/ Mindset
  • M&A
  • Outsourcing
  • Performance (reviews/ management)
  • PR
  • Priorities/ Prioritisation
  • Product lifecycle (beta launch, phasing something in, phasing something out, etc)
  • Product range/ Product line
  • Purchasing/ Procurement/ Supply chain (management)
  • (Market) research
  • (Annual/ Quarterly/ Monthly/ Mid-year) results
  • R&D
  • Sales/ Marketing (POS, etc)
  • Staff (satisfaction/ morale/ grievances/ retention)
  • SWOT analysis
  • (Long-term/ Medium-term/ Short-term/ Annual/ Quarterly/ Monthly) targets/ goals
  • Wastage

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