Does the problem have a theoretical rational?
will start to construct your final research paper due in week 8. The
final paper needs to be between 5 to 8 pages. This does not include the
title page, abstract or the reference page. This week you will write on
your chosen topic and select one scholarly article. If you do not know
what a scholarly article is, please ask your instructor.
first assignment in this course is simple but very important. You need
to select a specific area of interest in the field of organizational
behavior (from among the options below) that you will use each week
(except week 6) as you engage the different methods and processes of
research. You will use the topic you select each week (except week 6)
throughout the duration of the course, so select a topic (from the list)
that you are interested in studying. At the end of the course, you will
have a useful collection of documents (and increased knowledge)
pertaining to one area of organizational behavior research.
following topics are typical of the theoretical areas associated with
organizational behavior research. Select one topic and use it EVERY WEEK
(except week 6) as the subject of your inquiry in the location of
pertinent scholarly articles in the APUS Online Library:
Organizational culture and communication
Styles of leadership and your organization
How to change the status quo to a new model
Ethics and organizational culture
Technology, organizational behavior and your organization
Job Satisfaction in your organization
The physical environment in your organization and how it affects organizational behavior
Trends in organizational behavior and how to adapt it in your organization
Other ideas? Contact your instructor
may be a particular theoretical area of organizational behavior that
interests you but is not included on the list above. Send a message to
the professor to gain approval to use it prior to completing this
Remember that you will be using the same selected
topic with all the assignments (except week 6) during the eight weeks of
DETAILS for assignment 1:1. Make sure to utilize your topic of interest in the course.
Find a scholarly journal article (NOTE: SELECT AN ARTICLE THAT WAS
PUBLISHED WITHIN THE LAST TEN YEARS) that presents scholarly research
associated with the topic. At this early point in the course, you are
asked to “jump right in” and utilize the online library to locate an
appropriate scholarly journal article that presents research concerning
your topic. Note that you may access the APUS Online Library and get
help with scholarly research from the school. The APUS Online Library
has a great orientation video to help you get started. The APUS Online Library also provides a specific guide for how to research in the library.
in mind that scholarly research involves solving problems. If your
article does not present qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods
research then you do not have an appropriate research article. Again,
for the purposes of this assignment, you want to intentionally find a
research article that contains one of the three methods of research:
qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods.
Save the article to your computer to have as a reference and also to attach to the assignment when your paper is completed.
Write a short paper (450-600 words) that demonstrates a brief analysis
of the scholarly research article you selected. You are to write your
APA paper in such a way as to answer the questions/issues below. However, do not include the list on your paper.
Instead, let the items guide the content expressed in your paper, which
should be in typical paragraph form. Because of the shortness of the
assignment, several of the items may be contained in a given paragraph.
Be precise and you will be concise. Remember in the first paragraph you
need to have a thesis statement. Please remember this is an academic
paper and 3rd person is required.
After a brief introductory sentence. Tell whether the title is
appropriate to the focus of the study. (Note: select an actual research
study; avoid selecting a lecture on a topic. Research studies involve
the collection and analysis of data, whereas lectures on a topic
typically discuss a variety of research studies and do not provide the
details of data collection and analysis.)
State the problem. Is the problem clearly stated? Does the problem have
a theoretical rational? How significant is the problem studied in the
Is there a review of the literature? If so, is the literature relevant?
Summarize (in a couple of sentences) the review of the literature.
Fully and completely describe the research method that was used to
attack and answer the problem. Was the research method used to solve the
problem qualitative or quantitative, or both? What instruments were
used to answer the problem? Was there a sample used? If so, how was the
• State the hypothesis/questions or objectives. Were they stated clearly?
• Are there any probable sources of error that might influence the results of the study? If so, have they been controlled?
What were the statistical or evaluative (quantitative/qualitative)
techniques used to analyze the data? If so, were they appropriate? Note:
There are many scholarly articles in appropriate journals that inform
your topic. However, not all of them will describe research that
evaluates data. Make sure that your selected article includes the
evaluation/analysis of data. If you are unsure, this is the time to
contact your professor and discuss it.
• Summarize the results. How clearly were the results presented?
• What are the limitations of the study? Are they stated?
Summarize the conclusion(s). Are the conclusions presented clearly?
Does the data support the conclusions? Does the researcher over
generalize the findings?
• How can the results and conclusions presented in this study be applied in your particular field of study or work environment?
4. Utilize the APA Helps, as necessary, in the Resources area to help you present your brief paper in APA format, which means that you need to write a Title Page and References Page separate from the body of the text of the paper (no abstract or author note are needed).
On this assignment, you should write the publication information about
your article on the References Page (only one reference needed . . . the
article you are analyzing) and then also cite the source in the body of
the paper whenever you are stating facts from the article. Avoid
unsupported statements whenever possible. In many cases, you will write a
paragraph of text and insert a citation only once. When you have a
direct quote, include the page number of the source, too. Some may ask
why APA is so important. APA is the mode of communication of the written
word in the business research field. It is the due diligence of
graduate management students to excel at APA.
Make sure to check your Turnitin report to fix any issues with quotes
and citations. Your paper will be automatically scanned by Turnitin upon
submission. There is no need for a separate login or password.