Research Project Description

Research Project Description

Research Project Description
Guidelines for Research Project
For this course, you will design and present an action research project based on a real world challenge, while working with your instructor, and an executive mentor. Using a practitioner-scholar approach, you will conceive, design, and present a research project that is expected to use elements from courses you have taken in the HRM program to analyze a business or labor challenge and recommend a proposed solution. Note that this project is to be a new initiative and cannot be a recycled project. This research project is to be designed in a methodical and systematic manner. A list of a number of research projects from previous classes is posted on the course web site. You may wish to focus on a similar area, but are not limited to listed subject matter.
Your ability to work effectively with the instructor and an executive mentor is critical to the success of the course. While the work is your responsibility, the instructor and executive mentor will provide guidance and sources of experience.
Expectations
Your research project is expected to demonstrate the following:
• Your ability to synthesize and apply, in a comprehensive fashion, the knowledge gained from the HRM curriculum and your area of concentration.
• A focused application of your interest.
• Your ability to project manage an independent action research project from conception through presentation of findings and recommendations to relevant audiences.
• Well developed communication and interpersonal skills.
Final Deliverables
The final deliverables include (1) a research report in the form of a Microsoft Word document, (2) a PowerPoint presentation and (3) a completed executive mentor feedback form.
The research report will be 25 – 30 pages (excluding table of contents, references, appendices, and figures) in length and consist of the following recommended sections:
• Cover Sheet
• Table of Contents
• Executive Summary
• Introduction
• Problem Definition
• Research Objective(s) and Data Collection Plan
• Significance of Project
• Data Collection
• Alternative Solutions and Analysis
• Proposed Recommended Solution
• Implementation Plan
• Conclusion
• References
• Appendix
You will be expected to present your findings to your executive mentor using PowerPoint presentation format.

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