Report Functions, Strategies, and Formats
Your Task. For each of the following reports, name the report’s primary function (informational or analytical), recommend the direct or indirect strategy of development, and select a report format (memo or e-mail, letter, or manuscript).
A proposal from a group of citizens to the federal government asking to designate several tracts of public lands as wilderness under the 1964 Wilderness Act.A report submitted by a sales rep to her manager describing her attendance at a consumer electronics trade show, including interviews with industry insiders and attendees. A yardstick report in the leisure industry put together by consultants who compare the potential of a future theme park at three different sites. A report prepared by an outside consultant reviewing proposed components of a virtual state library and recommending the launch of its initial components. A progress report from an intern at NASA’s Employee and Organizational Excellence Branch to her mentor and the management. A report from a national shipping company telling state authorities how it has improved its safety program so that its trucks now comply with state regulations. The report describes but doesn’t interpret the program. A feasibility report from an administrative assistant to his boss exploring the savings from buying aftermarket ink-jet cartridges as opposed to the original refills recommended by the manufacturer.