Describe the problem, organization, or situation you selected; identify the specific issues of interest or controversy; and present the background or facts of the problem, organization, or situation that will enable the reader to clearly understand the issue.
Define the Problem (5 possible points)
Identify and clearly state the problem or the management issue in which an element of the identified problem or situation is not meeting expectations. Remember that what appears to be the problem may actually just be a symptom of a bigger problem?dig deep to be sure you’ve identified the real problems. If there appears to be more than one problem or issue, decide if they are separate or related issues.
State the problem in the form of a question. For example, if a work group is not performing effectively, an effective problem statement might be, “How can the staff shortage be improved?” rather than simply “Short staff problems.”
Literature Review (15 possible points)
Present what you discovered in your search of the literature. Review issues, theories, concepts, and studies discussed in class and in our textbook. Also review what other writers and researchers have to say about the subject of your analysis. Discuss the concepts, ideas, or insights that are most valuable in helping you make sense of your project. What theories can you use? What writers say something of value? Why is it of value? What models are the least helpful? Why? What theories or concepts will you challenge or criticize because your findings are different? In short, demonstrate an understanding of the literature and apply it sensibly to the problem. This is not a course in applied commonsense; however, such practical intelligence is important, especially in the application stage.