RESEARCH COMPONENT—RESEARCH PROJECT:
The team research project is designed to answer one key question: using your team’s unique theory of leadership and motivation, how does leadership and motivation affect employee performance? Phase I: TheoryHypotheses: In this first phase, your team builds a theory about leadership behavior and motivation and how those behaviors impact employee performance. Using your text material, research, readings, and in-depth interviews (each team member will interview two people; hopefully, the people interviewed will be as different from one another as possible). The specific interview questions will be left up to you, but you should explore the interview subjects’ beliefs about which leadership or ethical behaviors are important, and how these behaviors affect employee performance. Let them tell you what is important! Do not provide a set of concepts for them! For example, one interview question might be: “When you think about times that you had good leadership, what specific leader behaviors contributed to how you performed?” or “When you think about times when you have been highly motivated, what behaviors stand out as being particularly effective in changing employee behavior/performance?” Your project can focus on the concepts in this course, but should go beyond those concepts as well.
Phase II: Interview Method Description: This section of your research paper should describe your interview participants (no names or other identifying information), the questions asked in the interviews, the participants’ responses to the interview questions, and the themes/concepts that emerged from the interviews.
Phase III: Incorporate Interview Data into Theory and Hypotheses: Once your interviews are completed, your team will distill the most interesting themes from your interviews into specific predictions that can be tested with data. Hypotheses can focus on the concepts in this course, but (again) should go beyond these concepts as well. Feel free to focus on the concepts that interest you and your team. Incorporate your interview data into your Leadership and Motivation Theory. Explicitly show the changes you made to your original Leadership and Motivation Theory based on the interviews. Express your theory in diagram form.
Phase IV: Recommendations for practicing managers: Use this section of your paper to make recommendations to practicing managers based on your theory and the interview data that you collected. No two teams may present the same leadership and motivation theory. To meet the threshold for a B grade, no fewer than 10, non-textbook, relevant references must be used and cited [use the APA Publication Manual for citation style; this is very important for electronic sources–Internet, etc.]. At least ten sources are required; with at least eight of those sources from current (2010-2015), reputable, peer-reviewed journals. The other sources may include academic and professional periodicals, government publications (to include CD ROM resources), magazines, and newspaper articles. All work submitted must be the original work of the student(s), and will be checked for originality using online software (Turnitin.com). Plagiarism will result in a failing grade for the project, and possible for the course [see Cheating Policy]. This paper will be between 10 and 12 pages in length–no more than 15 pages. Number all pages and use American Psychological Association (APA) format, 12-point font, double-spacing (LS = 2), paragraph indention, section headings, and submit in MS-Word format. This is expected to be a scholarly project. It will include a title page, executive summary, research report body including introduction, theory/problem/issue, and recommendations/suggestions for managers, (at least one) graphic(s), and references page. Grades will be based on scholarship, application of course material, coherence, reference quality, format, and grammatical correctness. Your work should look business-like and professional. Written assignments displaying disproportionately poor grammar or a poor quality of written communication skills will be assigned a grade that is at least one letter grade lower than might otherwise have been assigned. Use Turnitin.com (instructions to be provided in class) to establish the originality of all work BEFORE it is submitted for grading if requested by your instructor. The Research Project will be due Tuesday, December 1, at 11 p.m. CTZ.
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