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For the researched proposal report, you will identify a problem or issue in your present or past workplace, or in your community. The assignment objective is to propose a solution to the problem or issue, and to present that solution to a decision-maker or group of decision-makers who can implement the recommendation. You will support your proposal with research.
The proposal must be between 2500 to 3000 words using APA format for your in-text citations and references. The proposal itself should be single spaced with double spacing between paragraphs. The word count includes all components. The purpose of establishing a word count is to ensure the topic chosen is neither too big nor too small. Also, writing within parameters is a common requirement in business communications.
Use Chapter 9 for guidance.  You must include the following:

  • Cover memo or letter depending upon audience introducing the attached proposal – no more than one page, and typically quite brief
  • Cover page
  • Table of contents
  • Abstract
  • Body of the proposal – use subheadings to break up text and separate sections
  • At least one ORIGINAL graphic – a table, chart, picture you took, or other effective visual support that was not produced by someone else
  • Conclusion stated as a recommendation for implementation of the solution
  • End matter to include reference page and any other data suitable for this section of the report

The objective of the project is to participate in the development of a detailed proposal that emerges in several pieces over the course of the term, as do lengthy written projects completed in any organizational setting.
Number: At least five sources must be cited in the body of your proposal. At least one of these must be a peer-reviewed journal article. “Peer reviewed” (also known as “refereeing”) is the process academic articles go through to be recognized as valuable contributions to the field. Peer review is the process of subjecting an author’s scholarly work, research, or ideas to the scrutiny of others who are experts in the same field. In our field of business management, peer reviewed journals include the following: Academy of Management, Human Resource Management Review, Industrial Management, Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, Management Quarterly, among others. The Kaplan University Writing Center includes additional guidance on peer reviewed articles.
You may use no more than one personal interview. Other sources may include newspaper or magazine articles that are not peer reviewed. Or if you locate several peer reviewed articles to use, that is fine, too. You may cite more than five sources; five is simply the minimum.
Quotes – Limit the use of direct quotes in your researched proposal. Your paper must contain no more than 15% direct quotes. The rest should be paraphrased information so you can demonstrate your understanding of what you read, and critical analysis to demonstrate your ability to apply your knowledge and research to solve the problem. Make your voice the most prominent one.
In-text citations must align with the sources listed in the References section. Any source you mention in your paper must be included on your references page, and vice versa.
Distinguish Sources – Make sure you carefully distinguish your own words versus words and ideas taken from other sources. Direct quotes MUST be contained in quotation marks.
Wikipedia – You may not use information from Wikipedia as it is not considered a reliable source.
Dictionaries – may be used to define a term and be listed as source but may NOT count as one of the five sources.
APA FORMAT for CITING SOURCES – Business and management use the American Psychological Association format for academic and professional papers. If you were writing a researched proposal for your supervisor, you would cite your sources following APA. You would use in-text citations to let your reader know where your information comes from. You would use a references page to list all your sources following APA guidelines.
You will submit the final research-based persuasive proposal report in TWO parts – a rough draft (Assignment 4) and then a final draft (Assignment 5).  You will participate in a peer review of the rough drafts in groups in week 6 of the course. 
You must have no less than 75% (2000 words) of your paper completed for the rough draft submission.  The more you have completed, the better.

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