ERIC Number: ED229783
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Client Oriented Management Documents.
Limaye, Mohan R.; Hightower, Rick
Noting that accounting reports, including management advisory service (MAS) studies, reports on internal control, and tax memoranda, often appear rather dense and heavy in style--partly because of the legal environment's demand for careful expression and partly because such documents convey very complex information--this paper presents four principles for improving the reports' effectiveness: (1) state recommendations or conclusions early; (2) be concise, use simple sentences, and avoid convoluted grammar; (3) develop an active or vigorous writing style; and (4) create white space--make the document easy and appealing to read. The paper analyzes a summary from an MAS report and a client letter on internal control in light of the four principles and presents edited versions of the two documents with illustrative commentary. (JL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the Southwest Division of the American Business Communication Association (Houston, TX, March 10-12, 1983).