Literature Review

You can select any one of the following for your Research Project:

  • Case study (which is generally based on science, in-depth longitudinal investigation of single individual, group or event, and can lend to generating and testing hypotheses).
  • Content analysis (a detailed and systematic examination of the contents of a particular subject or organization for the purpose of identifying patterns).
  • Statistical and data related research (Data/numbers come from historical data and research that has been conducted related to an issue).
  • Business plan (analysis of a business, either current or proposed; includes a written description of the business’ history, current status, and proposed future; detailed strategic plan and recommendations for future direction).

Each Assignment submitted must be in proper APA format including a Cover Page, Table of Contents, the required items to be submitted and References Page. I will be providing you a properly formatted APA template that you can use to edit and create your Assignment for submission. After each assignment you will receive feedback. You will incorporate the feedback and make any recommended revisions and then continue to build upon the next phase of your assignment for submission.

In Week 3 (Assignment 1) you will be submitting the following:

State your project’s problem, sub-problems, data needed, assumptions and delimitations, importance of the study, and hypothesis. State your project’s problem, sub-problems, data needed, assumptions and delimitations, importance of the study, and hypothesis.

In Week 6 (Assignment 2) you will be submitting the following:

Submit your literature review, which should examine related articles, books, speeches, etc.,that deals with your research problem. Take care to properly describe, evaluate and synthesize any appropriate theoretical perspectives and any research findings relating to the problem and sub-problems that have been identified.

Essentially, by the last week of the term Week 8, you will have all the parts of your paper formatted and ready to complete your final paper/Research Project.

Following are some tips:

  1. Use correct APA format.
  1. Proof and correct your spelling and grammar.
  2. Use citations to support your points and conclusions. (minimum of 15 citations/references) Include all citations in your Reference Page (This can come from your Assignment 2 paper where you submit your Review of Literature.)
  3. Case Study, Content Analysis & Statistical and data related research papers must include:
  • Title Page – Start using this in Week 2
  • Table of Contents – Start building this in Week 2
  • Abstract- Start building this in Week 2
  • Introduction – Start building this in Week 2
  • Problem, sub-problems (Week 2)
  • Data sources, (Week 2)
  • assumptions and delimitations, (Week 2)
  • importance of this study, (Week 2)
  • hypothesis, (Week 2)
  • literature review,(Week 6)
    • The literature review will be repeated (included) in the Week 8 Final Paper submission. The literature review is also a requirement if you are submitting a business plan. Essentially for a business plan you will be focusing on best practices and research of business in your industry.
    • This repeated inclusion of the literature review becomes part of the expected 25 to 30 total pages stipulated for Assignment 3.
  • Research Methodology – assess if hypothesis was, or was not, supported by the findings (New in final paper)
  • Conclusions – based on research findings, (New in final paper)
  • Recommendations to Management. (New in final paper)
  • References (Include all references – you start building this in Week 2, have at least 15 references in the Week 6 submission, and add to it as necessary for final paper)

Business plans must include:

  • Title Page – Start using this in Week 2
  • Table of Contents – Start building this in Week 2
  • Abstract- Start building this in Week 2
  • Introduction – Start building this in Week 2
  • Problem, sub-problems (Week 2)
  • Data sources, (Week 2)
  • Assumptions and delimitations, (Week 2)
  • Importance/Impact of this business (Why is it necessary? (Week 2)
  • Business overview/profile (Week 2)
  • Type of organization (Week 2)
  • Vision (Week 2)
  • Mission (Week 2)
  • Goals and Objectives (Week 2)
  • Background (Week 6)
  • Literature review – In a business plan this can include best practices in the industry, case analysis of other organizations in same industry that has successes or failures, management and/or leadership theories that support your philosophies and plans for your business (Week 6)
    • The literature review will be repeated (included) in the Week 8Final Paper submission. This repeated inclusion of the literature review becomes part of the expected 25 to 30 total pages stipulated for Assignment 3.
  • SWOT analysis (Final Research Project)
  • Other relevant strategic analysis tools(Final Research Project)
  • Logistics (Final Research Project)
  • Financial overview (Final Research Project)
  • Marketing (Final Research Project)
  • Future growth plans (Final Research Project)
  • Challenges (Final Research Project)
  • Summary and Recommendations. (Final Research Project)
  1. Final Paper/Research Project must be 25-30 pages, double-spaced.
    1. 25 to 30 pages is inclusive of all parts of your report including the problem and methodology, review of literature, discussion and recommendations (but excludes the Title page and References). However, while I encourage you to keep the paper between the 25 to 30 pages, I will not penalize you for going over.”
  2. Final Paper/Research Project should be written in past tense because you are putting forth your hypothesis and reporting what has happened instead of what you expect to happen.
    1. Business Plan may be written in future tense if business is not yet operational.
  3. Do not use the first person (I, me) in the report.
  4. Make certain to incorporate any suggestions for improvement that were made in both papers.

Please ask questions as we go along. Do not wait until the end!

The readings and lectures/announcements each week will also provide you with guidance on the expectations for your final research paper.

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