If you have been assigned a business report, you can choose an appropriate topic from the list provided in this section of our site. Topics are grouped in categories related to major courses of study: accounting, finance, human resources, marketing, information systems, management, and general business/education/campus issues. You can gather information for reports on many of these topics by using InfoTrac and by using the Web generally. All the topics are appropriate for business proposals, business plans, and formal reports.
[pic]Follow the formats and development plans provided in Guffey’s Business Communication: Process and Product or Guffey’s Essentials of Business Communication. Consult your instructor about the length, format, and emphasis of your report.
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BUSINESS REPORT TOPICS
1. After the corporate scandals of the early 2000s, Congress passed legislation that it hoped would renew faith in the accounting profession. Study the laws that were passed and examine the effects of those laws. Why were they passed? How has the accounting profession changed as a result of the laws? What conclusions can you draw from your findings? What recommendations can you make to accounting educators regarding programs that train accountants?
2. “Campus Castoffs” is a fund-raising program that has worked in a number of college campuses. It involves gathering clothes, computers, furniture, and other unwanted items prior to graduation. On some campuses as much as 40 tons of waste have been turned into large cash donations. Assume that you are part of a campus team investigating the possibility of a “Trash to Treasure” sale in May. Analyze the financial aspects of gathering castoffs, organizing a sale, pricing the goods, and keeping track of the income that will become a gift to your campus student organization or to a charity your team names.
3. You have started a bookkeeping/accounting service, and you would like to offer your services to Company X (a local business of your choice). You are trained to do some or all of the following: income tax preparation and planning; auditing and financial reporting; retirement, estate, and financial planning; computer consulting, system design, installation, and staff training; business consulting; recordkeeping and banking. You will even prepare business plans for start-up companies. Write a proposal that will get you the business of Company X.
4. Assume you are working for a company that is considering opening a business in another country. Analyze possible accounting problems the company might encounter and offer possible solutions for overcoming these problems.
5. Your company's managers have been thinking about purchasing software that will help it track revenue transactions involving payouts to several parties. Find out what kind of software is available, develop criteria for evaluating the options you find, and offer your managers recommendations. In other words, is it worth it to purchase this type of software at all? If so, which is the best choice?
6. Analyze the effects recent congressional tax laws will have on either businesses or the general population. What will be the advantages and/or disadvantages of these laws? What recommendations can you offer to your chosen audience to take advantage of these changes? Or, what must your audience do to avoid being negatively affected by these changes?
7. Your company has decided to revise this year's annual corporate report to shareholders. Choose two or three recent annual shareholders' reports and analyze them in terms of their audience, purpose, content, and design. Then, offer specific recommendations for revision.
8. As the leader of your accounting department's internship program, you have been asked to assess the top three or four internships in your area. Since this...