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Prepare an applied research paper, with a minimum of 12 pages but not to exceed 15 pages in length (excluding
cover page and appendices), on a specific issue related to leadership or organizational behavior.
Topic Selection
Select a specific organization of interest to you and identify a problem at the firm related to organizational
behavior (OB).
Think of yourself as an organizational consultant and assume that a key manager has requested a thorough
analysis and recommended course of action to resolve an actual organizational problem that will make a
difference to the future performance of the organization.
Research Sources
All papers must have a minimum of six scholarly sources cited within the text of the paper and identified in
the references section.
Additional research sources can be attached in a bibliography.
Paper Format
All papers should be single sided, double-spaced, using a 10- or 11-point font.
Length of the paper to be between 12 and 15 pages, not counting cover page and appendices.
Follow APA style for general format and citations.
Paper sections must adhere to the guidelines below and each section must be labeled in the text.
Language should be clear, concise, and precise.
Tone should be professional, consistent, and not filled with jargon.
Grammar and syntax (sentence structure) must be correct.
Report must be free of misspellings and typos.
Tables and Figures
All figures and tables must be referred to in your text before they appear on the page.
Figures and tables should appear on the same page as or the page after the text that refers to them.
All figures and tables need captions. Captions go below figures and above tables.
Quotations and Citations
Quotations and citations are crucial components of a research paper.
Failure to properly cite research sources and borrowed ideas is plagiarism.
Refer to APA style guide for assistance with properly citing quoted and/or borrowed materials and ideas.
Conduct library research on your topic.
Identify a minimum of six scholarly resources for your project.
All resources for the paper must come from a Scholarly library and must be of
scholarly quality.
Please Note: Articles found online (many on consulting company websites, Internet
magazines, or other blogs) will not be considered an acceptable scholarly resource.
Conduct your research through a library where you can be assured that the sources are of
scholarly quality.
Your paper must include the following sections:
Title of your applied research paper, e-mail address, course
number and title, instructor, and date.
Provide an overview of the organization and your role in
it. Give enough information about the firm to acquaint an
unfamiliar person (no matter how famous the company).
Identify name, location, size, market segment (business
line), and a brief history. Identify the essential issues,
events, or actions to help frame the problem and
subsequent discussion points.
Identify and clearly state the problem (the leadership or

  • organizational behavior issue that you have selected to

The problem statement should be phrased in terms of a
researchable question. For example, if a work group is not
performing effectively, an effective problem statement
might be “How can group performance be improved?”
A well-formed problem statement has:
Focus – the problem should be well defined and
specific enough for the reader to gain a clear idea

  • of the OB topic area and the direction of your study

and research.
Structure – if the problem statement is sufficiently
focused, it will provide a basis for decisions about
which information to include and which to exclude
from the paper.
You must address at least six scholarly resources in this
section. Approach this section as a mini “book report” on
each of the reference sources that significantly informed
your analysis and proposed solutions. Give the reader an
encapsulated review of what information you found most
relevant to your research. You may have found conflicting

  • opinions/theories related to your topic area. Identify

and discuss any such contrasts and/or describe in detail
significant agreement among your sources. Your literature
review should be separate and distinct from your analysis
section; it is a summation of your research.
Explore the problem in depth and with scholarly rigor.
Provide an identification and description of the root
causes of the problem/issue. Be sure not to address only
symptoms of your problem. Diagnose the problem and its

  • origins.

A critical element of this section is to apply leadership and

  • organization concepts and models from our text, from

class discussions, and from your literature review. Discuss
the concepts, ideas, or insights that are most valuable
in helping you make sense of the causes of the problem.
Support your analysis with reference to appropriate
research material.
Identify at least three potential workable solutions to your
problem and identify the pros and cons of each alternative
solution and its high-level implementation steps.
Identify your preferred solution and describe exactly what
should be done and how it should be done, including by
whom, with whom, and in what sequence. Always explain
your thinking behind your final solution set. It’s
important to be clear about why a particular alternative
(solution) was chosen, as opposed to others.
Think about this assignment and write a well-thought-out
reflective statement about how this assignment influenced
your personal, academic, and professional leadership and
managerial development.
You must use no fewer than six library resources outside
your textbook.
All references must be cited in two places: within the body

  • of your paper and on a separate reference list. Choose

references judiciously and cite them accurately. Cite all
sources using APA format.
Please note: Citing an author’s work within your text
documents your research, identifies the source for readers,
and enables readers to locate the source of information
in the alphabetical reference list at the end of the paper.
To use the ideas or words of another person without
crediting the source is plagiarism. Plagiarism in its purest
form involves copying passages either verbatim or nearly
verbatim, with no direct acknowledgment of the source.
The most common form of plagiarism is to paraphrase
information from your source material. Paraphrasing
does not relieve you of the obligation to provide proper
identification of source data. The best way to avoid
plagiarism is to make sure all quotes, ideas, or conclusions
not your own are given proper acknowledgment in your

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