BUSINESS REPORT TOPICS
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.
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.
To access a page devoted to a specific category of report topics, click the relevant link below.
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
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 report is for students, you'll
need to consider what criteria they think are important for an internship. If you live in an area
with a “big four” firm, you might also want to consider including it for comparison. If you
believe it's appropriate, offer recommendations.
9. You have been asked by a new Web start-up company to help them to decide the best form of
business organization. This new enterprise involves two married women. Should they
incorporate, consider a limited liability arrangement, or a partnership? What effect would
each have on their income taxes? Advise them on the best choice, given their circumstances.
10. Because your supervisor knows you are taking college-level accounting classes, she has come
to you for information about the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB). She wants
to know more about the FASB, including its history, mission, structure, and role in the
accounting profession. Conduct research to find answers to these questions. Include
information about the FASB’s current activities and its work in the area of global accounting
1. Does a relationship exist between success in big-time sports and the amount of alumni
donations to a college? Does success in big-time sports positively affect the quality of
applicants to a college? Assume that the athletic department of College X claims that if it is
granted significant financial support, it will produce successful teams. In turn, those
successful athletic teams will pull in larger alumni contributions and will also attract higher-
quality students. As a research consultant, you have been asked to study the issue. Do any
studies exist that show the effects of successful teams? Based on your findings, make a
recommendation to the administration of College X regarding the funding request from its
2. A frequent topic in business is the issue of CEO compensation. Critics complain that CEO
salaries have become exorbitant and should be capped. Is it unethical for executive salaries to
exceed, let’s say, 24 times the average wage of employees? Should executive pay be tied to
an organization’s profits? Select a large public company for which salary data are available.
As a member of a stockholder watchdog group, you have been asked to examine its executive
salaries and report to the group, which thinks salaries are excessive. What conclusions would
you draw, and what recommendations would you make to stockholders?