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professoer said the followoing in class- " look for bg company like volkswagen and find big news about company and will select a research problem and prepare and turn in a prospectus indicating the background of the problem, the problem statement, the purpose of the study, the study’s hypothesis (es), the methodology to be employed in the study and a review of the literature pertaining to the problem. In a Prospectus--a plan to do research--you do everything except collect and analyze the data. she said to find something realistic. must be original and give citiation, she uses turnit in so reference the sentence. write in third person. do not use I or we . symptoms should be all described in news." Course grading is based on the following assignments: (a) Research prospectus, three to five pages: 45% of total grade For all writing assignment, you should keep the following assumptions in mind: 1. Assume you have been asked by a senior VP of the company to prepare research documents. 2. The VP is interested in numerous and varied issues facing the company but does not have the time to keep up with them all. You will be required to present your findings in varied formats listed above 3. You are a senior researcher for the company and your opinion is valued and sought after. 4. Spelling and grammar matter to her and you should follow standard writing conventions. She expects a succinct format that is business like. Research Prospectus You will select a research problem and prepare and turn in a prospectus indicating the background of the problem, the problem statement, the purpose of the study, the study’s hypothesis (es), the methodology to be employed in the study and a review of the literature pertaining to the problem. In a Prospectus--a plan to do research--you do everything except collect and analyze the data. a. Identify the issue that you want to study. What in the business changes as a result of the issue? This is what we call the dependent variable or objective variable. b. This objective variable must relate directly to company performance and thus impact cost, revenue or both in the long run and short run. These are often called the independent variables. c. Perform a literature review to refine your thinking or hypothesis regarding the relationship between the dependent and independent variables. d. Given changes in the independent variables, what choice alternatives is the company faced with. e. Decide your methodological approach. You might consider surveys, engineering cost studies, focus groups, or statistical analysis. f. Write your research prospectus. This is your contract with senior management as to what, when, how, cost and how much you are doing. You should consider the following elements when preparing Chapter I of the prospectus (all elements may not be required). You may also wish to look at pages 123-125 of the 9th edition of your text. 1. Background 2. Problem Statement 3. Purpose of Study 4. Study Hypothesis(es) 5. Study Delimitations 6. Study Limitations 7. Definitions 8. Cost

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