This Research Paper allows you to showcase what you have learned from the course and the application within an organization of your choice. Also, it is a chance to use theories gained from the course work and show how to apply these to an organization to improve effectiveness.
You are to consider yourself a consultant that was just hired by organizational leadership—it does not matter if it is a private or public organization—to assist with a lingering problem that has impacted the organization’s effectiveness. This problem can be related to an area that you want to research and interests you; e.g., employees upset over anticipated change, performance evaluations being over-inflated, unethical practices, leadership not considering personal choices in the decision-making process, or any other similar type problems. Once you identify the organizational problem, you should develop a plan to address the problem, identify reasons why you feel the problem occurred, label reasons you feel the problem is persistent, and develop a means to overcome the problem. Also, integrate a long-term plan to ensure this problem does not happen again or at least is minimized.
You should consider all the main topics, readings, and discussions you have encountered throughout the course. This paper is a critical part of the class and should not be developed at the last minute.
This paper is to be 8–10 pages long. No more than 15% of your paper should be from direct quotes. No references can be listed on the reference page that does not first appear in the text of your paper. There should be a minimum of 6–8 peer-reviewed journal articles no older than 5 years old that provide support for the research. This page count does not include the title page, abstract, tables, graphics, and reference pages. The current edition of the APA is the guiding manual for form and style for this project. Each student is expected to find relevant, recent, and credible research. Under no circumstances will references from dictionaries or encyclopedias be accepted as references, including online sources such as Wikipedia.
You will need your Tracks username and password to access the databases and journals.
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According to the Academic Integrity and Academic Dishonesty Handbook:
Your paper should have at least 80% of your own original thought, not “borrowed, paraphrased [or] quoted” from material pulled from the Internet, articles, journals, books, etc. Your thoughts, not someone else’s!
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