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ERIC Number: EJ995534
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1475-1585
Academic Writing in the Business School: The Genre of the Business Case Report
Nathan, Philip
Journal of English for Academic Purposes, v12 n1 p57-68 Mar 2013
The writing of business case reports is a common requirement for students on academic business programmes and presents significant challenges for both native and non-native speaker students. In order to support the development of pedagogical practice in the teaching of case report writing, this paper reports a genre-based study of a corpus of 53 marketing and marketing management case reports (BCR-1) written by NS and NNS postgraduate students at a UK university. Results from this localised study of academic business case reports are supplemented by comparison with sixteen business case reports from the British Academic Written English Corpus (BAWE), originating from marketing, project management and management accounting courses. The study identifies several features common to these case reports including the presence of explicit structure, impersonal style and business specialism-dependent lexis. Through the prism of Swalesian genre analysis, three obligatory broad rhetorical moves are identified (orientation, analysis and advisory moves), and five optional moves (methodology, options and alternatives, summary and consolidation, supplementary supporting information and reflection). These broad rhetorical moves are realised through diverse structural sub-components. The deployment of optional moves was found to be dependent on a range of factors, in particular business specialism, suggesting the value of specialism based pedagogy. (Contains 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom