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Writing for Business Studies

If you are studying business and need to write assignments, essays, etc., then these pages can help!

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Business is the motor of the modern world economy. With courses in accounting, finance, business administration, economics, marketing and management, you will learn about all aspects of business. Most programmes require students to specialise in one or more of these areas.

To write assignments about business, the first thing you need to know is the vocabulary. We've analysed high-scoring student assignments to find the words that are used most often. One type of words is used more often in business studies than in other subjects and we've made some exercises for you about it:

Secondly, and most importantly, you will need to learn how to write certain types of assignments ('genres'). In business studies, you will probably write: 

  • Case Studies, where you demonstrate understanding of a real-life situation
  • Critiques, where you evaluate something you've studied from the perspective of your discipline
  • Essays, where you make a coherent argument and employ critical thinking skills.

Each of these genres has an individual style you will need to learn. If you're short of time, you can go directly to the pages about these genres, but we recommend you start at the beginning of 'Writing for a Purpose' and work through all of it. 

If you read all the materials, you'll be better able to identify what sort of assignment you have to write – your tutor usually won't tell you. Also, not all business courses are the same and they might include assignments in different genres from the three typical ones above.