For this course, you will have a project that includes the written assignments in Weeks 1–5. The Week 3 and Week 5 assignments are considered major assignments, which combined are worth almost half of the total course points. It will likely take you more than one week to complete the Week 3 and Week 5 major assignments, so begin working on those tasks sooner rather than later.
The course project assignment each week is designed to help you develop skills in critically analyzing and using research studies published in peer-reviewed journals. These resources are critical to the development of your own research agenda and designing of your own research studies.
During your course project, you have been evaluating research published by others. You have also been defending suggestions on how to improve the research design or implementation in each of those studies. In week 2 you began building your own research proposal by defining a research question, some key topics, and a couple of important articles for your study. Last week, you added to your research proposal by starting a literature review and drafting some preliminary research questions or hypotheses. For the final assignment in your course project, you will complete your proposal. Leverage the feedback received from your instructor on the previous work to make improvements to what you have already started.
To begin, continue to research a topic of personal interest related to the field of organizational behavior (from last week’s literature review). Extend your literature review to include twelve to fifteen scholarly sources that inform your knowledge of the current research on your topic. As you work through the articles and create the literature review, further refine your main research question (from week 2 and 4 assignments). What sub questions emerge?
Then, develop your research questions to determine the appropriate design and method for your study. For example, if your review of the literature and development of questions results in variables and testable hypotheses, design your study accordingly. If your review of the literature and development of questions do not hypothesize known variables in relationships, design your study accordingly.
Next, determine the data that you need to collect to answer your research questions or test your hypotheses. How will you collect that data? What instruments will you use? What population or sampling frame will you use? How will you sample from among that group? Be sure to give attention to the internal and external validity of your study (or to the credibility, transferability, dependability, and confirmability of a qualitative study). What are some of the limitations and delimitations of your study?
Next, consider how you might analyze your data. Although you are not expected to provide an in-depth defense of data analysis procedures (e.g., statistical analysis), propose at least three key ideas of what the data analysis would need to accomplish to help you determine answers to your research questions (e.g., the analysis would need to show the differences or relationships, the analysis would need to rule out these other variables, the analysis would need to look for patterns in certain data, or the analysis would need to show “this” pattern).
In addition to the twelve to fifteen journal articles used in your literature review, also include three to four sources that help you support and defend the design and method choices you are making throughout your proposal (e.g., why your qualitative or quantitative approach is appropriate, why your sampling strategy is sound, why your data collection methods are reasonable).
Conclude with an assessment of how the results of your research would further the organizational behavior discipline (or the section of it that you are studying) and other possible questions researchers should consider.
Also, compose a 150 words or less abstract for your paper. Although the abstract is placed on a page by itself following the title page, it summarizes the entire document and is often the last item written.
As a guide, consider the following outline for your paper:
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