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Difference Between Academic Writing and Business Writing


Academic Writing vs Business Writing

Academic writing and business writing are two very different writing styles that people use whenever applicable. In as much as a lot of individuals still don’t know the differentiating characteristics between the two writing styles; the bigger problem is that most writers are not familiar when to write using academic writing style or even the business writing style.

Basically, business writing is a form of writing that focuses on the exact hard facts. There are no frills and filler sentences added. Thus, it is simply restating or rewriting core facts. Because of this characteristic, business writing style has to be concise and must present clear content. It is only intended to say the facts and does not make the writing look impressive with the use of complicated sentence structures and out of this world vocabulary. As a result, business writing entries appear shorter than academic entries. But this does not mean that the writing is mediocre. It’s just made more straightforward and simpler. As a matter of fact, writing while controlling the amount of words by making it as short or as direct to the point as possible is a lot harder than writing longer articles.

This case is very different in academic writing because the writer can add his or her own opinion and add some important fluff that can connect two important sentences. One can present his or her view about a particular subject matter and be more expressive in this writing form. That’s the reason why length is not so restricted in academic writing and the writer is also encouraged to write longer entries so as to better develop the thought of the entry.

At the start of academic writing, one would be encouraged to deduce a bigger point or at least specify some bigger thoughts around a narrower subject. It’s like formulating your own thesis or subject on what to write first then afterwards, you will then write your belief, stand or views about that particular thesis. You are also expected to start with a sort of intro which is untrue for business writing.

1. Business writing is meant to retell and say pure facts whereas academic writing is meant to impress the reader about the development of thought and how the entire content is written.
2. Business writing is more straightforward and shorter in length compared to the longer content usually seen in academic writings.
3. People find it more difficult to write using business style than using academic style of writing.
4. Business writing has shorter and less complex sentences and vocabulary as compared to academic writing.


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  1. This explanation is poorly written and does not adequately explain the difference between business and academic writing styles. High quality business and academic writing are equally complex, despite the superficial appearance that one may be more difficult to read or to compose than the other.

    Business writing is composed to accomplish a business goal: to deliver good or bad news, to inform one or more individuals, to persuade the reader in thought or action, or to foster goodwill. These goals may be combined in a single piece of writing.

    Business writing may employ a variety of styles, but regardless of style, there is an emphasis on correct grammar, punctuation, spelling, and the use of standard conventions for writing numbers, abbreviations, titles, and so on. Messages are direct, concise, and avoid expression of personal opinion.

    Like business writing, academic writing may use different styles for different purposes. Academic writing in the liberal arts, such as English literature or American history, is very different from academic writing in the sciences, such as physics or medicine. Academic writing in the social sciences, including writing in academic business studies, often has combined characteristics.

    In the liberal arts, academic writing has three general functions, all of which may appear in the same piece of writing: to persuade the reader to agreement with a thesis, idea or interpretation, to compare and contrast similar or different subjects, or to summarize one or more bodies of work. In some situations an elaborate writing style is preferred, but in other situations very concise writing is required.

    Academic writing in the sciences uses a completely different style and format, that of the laboratory or research report. A scientific report typically describes an experiment or study and may also include a summary of prior research. A report follows a very strict, utilitarian style designed to convey information in a specific format. Research writing for publication in a peer-reviewed scientific journal follows a similar format. Occasionally, the writer may include subjective opinion or personal observation in the concluding section of a report, but this is not typical.

    Academic writing may make extensive use of highly specialized vocabulary and is often difficult to read if the vocabulary is unfamiliar. The audience for academic reading is an idealized reader with the same background and level of preparation as the writer.

    In contrast, high quality business writing is prepared for a specific reader (or readers) rather than an idealized one. The message is designed to be understood as quickly as possible without need for any further clarification. Specialized vocabulary is avoided unless absolutely necessary and jargon is avoided completely.

    Both business and academic writing styles are taught to college students and both styles take effort to master. Writers who learn one style are not automatically able to write effectively in the other style. There are also variations in business and academic writing styles between national cultures and educational systems.

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