Debate topics for business

Updated November 21, 2016

The purpose of debate is to challenge perspectives on any number of topics. In the world of business, different companies, organisations and people have different perspectives on the best business practices for an institution or industry. Opening these topics for debate -- in a classroom setting, at a conference or even published in a journal -- is an opportunity for business leaders to take note of these diverse views to determine how to best apply these perspectives to their own needs.


Some of the most impactful topics for debate are ones that are topical in nature. To get inspiration for a debate, look to the headlines for news stories that can be the centre of conversation. Publications that focus specifically on business, such as the "Wall Street Journal" or "Forbes magazine," can be excellent resources for this discussion. Scandals and new legislation can all be fodder for conversation.

Technology in the Workplace

Developments in technology are constantly shaping the way business functions. In some ways they benefit management and staff, but in others they can cause shifts in business practices that have possible consequences. Some possible topics for debate for this arena are the accessibility of personnel files on the Internet, or the potential for technologies to create job loss.

Employee Interest Groups

Employee interest groups, such as regional and federal unions, are very active in many different industries. However, there is some debate as to whether their influence hurts or helps employees and the business environment. Debate over the reach of union power, unions' funding and policies can be topics of discussion.

Government Policy and Interaction

Government plays a role in business. From government bailouts of businesses and entire industries to debate over taxation and funding sources, the function of government on day-to-day business operations can be debated from a professional or political perspective.


The way a business operates can also be up for debate. For example,although some may feel employees benefit from management transparency and input, others might feel that businesses run more efficiently when run with an "iron fist." Along with management styles, marketing discussion, organisation and hiring and firing practices can be possible business speech topics.

Environmental Responsibility

The effects of human behaviours on the environment has become a hot topic of debate in the academic, professional and political realm. Some possible speech topics include the benefits and consequences of alternate energy sources, reducing energy and waste in the workplace and the role of business in the environment.

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Liza Hollis has been writing for print and online publications since 2003. Her work has appeared on various digital properties, including Hollis earned a degree in English Literature from the University of Florida.