Word limit around 3000 words
Basic Structure of report
Organisation of the research report
A key ingredient to writing a successful report involves the planning or organising stage. Organising can help you to sort out your ideas and to present your report in the order that communicates best to your readers. Organisation is the procedure of constructing an outline that acts as a plan for your writing task. An outline forces you to think before you write.
Your essay is to be structured and written as a business report. It, therefore, must begin with a Management (or Executive) Summary within which you state in stark form (i.e. unsupported by argument) what you are asserting in this report and you must do that in less than two pages.
As already stated above, you begin the main body of the report with some general background on the broad research topic. This introduction should end with a brief paragraph outlining the plan of the rest of the essay.
What follows is the specific issues of each individual component which were considered. As for any good business report these components should be structured into sections and sub-sections and the heading for these should be in the Table of Contents. In these individual components the in-depth discussion of the relevant issues is elaborated based on the existing literature and/or data. You must provide in-text references to your sources.
The last section of the report contains a brief summary followed by a complete list of references that are cited in the text of the essay. Follow a standard referencing method consistently.
Suggested limits are as follows:
? Executive Summary: ideally one page but no more than two.
? Sections 1: Introduction 400-600 words,
? Section 2: Main body of the essay consisting of each of the individual components limit each component to approximately 400 words each,
? Sections 3: Conclusions 100-300 words,
? Summary and Complete List of References (5-15 references- that depends on your topic).
Note: Report should have at least 6 JOURNAL ARTICALS reference and article should not older than 10 yrs (i.e. any related article from 2008-2018)
Research topic and its structure
Goal Setting and Planning
a. General Framework
Outline the importance of goal setting in planning and the characteristics of well defined goals. (Slightly touch this in introduction and briefly discuss in main body)
Introduction should have 3 paragraphs consisting of 600 words
Para1 current business situation and overall introduction of goal setting and planning
Para2 Introduce Miles & Vergen’s land mark study
Para3 what do the report going to show on the given concept.
Main Body should have paragraph on each topic listed below and importantly try to relevant each concept
1. Discuss Miles & Vergen’s landmark study into goal setting and the three conditions they identified to be satisfied to ensure best practice in goal setting (400 words)
2. Discuss Management by Objectives (400 words)
3. Discuss contingency factors which influence a manager’s approach to planning (400 words)
4. Discuss different types of plans
Terms Types of plans
400 words on time and level based plans Short range plans
Long Range plans
Level Corporate level plans
Strategic level plans
Operational level plans
400 words on use and scenarios based plans Single use plans
Scenarios Scenarios plans
List of reference