Develop Your Research Analysis Skills

Annotated Bibliography

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The purpose of the annotated bibliography is to assist you in developing
research analysis skills including critical thinking, writing, and
literature research skills. The annotated bibliography should include a
paragraph for each source containing the following information:

  • Name of the article, including the complete bibliographic citation, using APA format.
  • Summary/abstract of the article – annotation (sometimes it is
    helpful to ask yourself the following questions in synthesizing the
    information:

    • Who? (author)
    • What was done? (e.g., an experimental study investigating the interaction of short term memory and attention)
    • How? (was it done)
  • What were the findings? (identify the major ones)
  • Contributions? (new findings, applications, etc.)

Review the complete instructions for the Final Paper in Week Five. To
conduct accurate research for the annotated bibliography, consider the
following:

  • Research in peer-reviewed journals or other journals that are
    considered to have reliable information (do not use sources from the
    secular press (e.g., Time, Newsweek, or Wikipedia).
    Review the guidelines for acceptable sources by reading the “Academic
    Research” section within the Student Responsibilities and Policies tab
    under Course Home on the left navigation toolbar in your online course.
  • Identify at least ten academic sources at least six of which can
    be found in the Ashford Online Library. If you do find something on the
    World Wide Web, it must be authored and be a reliable source.
  • In these journals, the research and information is either
    reviewed by an editorial team (such as for the Academy of Management
    Review) or a group of peers (such as in many journals you find through
    the Ashford Online Library). 

For information regarding the annotated bibliography, refer to the
Sample Annotated Bibliography found in the Ashford Writing Center within
the Learning Resources tab on the left navigation toolbar.
   
You must use at least ten scholarly sources (at least six of which can
be found in the Ashford Online Library) other than the textbook. The
descriptions for each source must be at least one paragraph in length.
For information regarding APA samples and tutorials, visit the Ashford
Writing Center, within the Learning Resources tab on the left navigation
toolbar.

These are the instructions from week 5 to help write the assignment for week 3
Scenario:
You are an ethnographic researcher writing an
article for a popular organizational behavior research journal. Your
purpose is to identify key problems related to business ethics in a
Not-for-Profit and For- Profit organization. In this potential article
please complete the following activities:

  1. Outline the company profile of the not for profit
    company you chose to analyze (consult the week #2 journal for the
    information you should include).  Explain the ethical dilemma that it
    faced or is currently facing.  Analyze the way that it responded to this
    ethical dilemma and outline the legal, social, or political outcomes
    that emerged after the actions were taken..
  2. Outline the company profile of the for profit
    company you chose to analyze (consult the week #2 journal for the
    information you should include).  Explain the ethical dilemma that it
    faced or is currently facing.  Analyze the way that it responded to this
    ethical dilemma and outline the legal, social, or political outcomes
    that emerged after the actions were taken.
  3. In part three of your paper, please provide your
    personal reflections on the ethical actions that were taken in relation
    to the problem.  Evaluate those actions from your own ethical
    standpoint.  Use these questions to inspire your analysis: Did the
    company respond in a morally responsible way?  Did the company respond
    in a morally irresponsible way?  Did the company create the ethical
    dilemma or was the dilemma the outcome of an unforeseen force?  Could
    the company have done more?  Who was responsible for the problem and how
    could it have been prevented?

    • Remember that when you analyze something you
      should present logical reasoning and factual evidence to support your
      position.  Do not merely answer these questions using simplistic yes and
      no answers.  Instead, you should always support your position with
      logical argumentation and evidence that explains why you believe what
      you believe.
  4. In part 4 of your paper please create a critique
    of the actions of these companies based on two of the philosophical
    theories that you studied earlier in the course (deontology,
    utilitarianism, egoism, virtue ethics, moral relativism).  Determine
    which moral theory the company appears to be abiding by in relation to
    this issue.  Explain the attributes of the decision that make you
    believe that this is the ethical perspective of the company.  If you
    agree with the ethical theory of the company, explain why this is the
    best ethical position on the issue.  If you do not, explain which
    ethical position would be better to utilize in this situation and why
    you believe that this position is better. Here are some sample questions
    to guide your thinking:

    • Which ethical theory did the company use in making its decision?  Was it the best?  Why or why not?
    • Which ethical theory should the company have used?  Why?
    • What is the ideal relationship between bad or suffering and profit?
    • What does it mean to run an ethical business?
    • What is the best way for a company to
      maintain its competitive edge and contribute to overall good or
      happiness in relation to its workers and customers?

Logistics and Length Requirements

Your
paper needs to be 10 double-spaced pages, not counting the cover page
and the reference list.  You papers should abide by APA requirements.
You must use at least ten scholarly sources, six of which can be found
in the Ashford Online Library. For information regarding APA, including
samples and tutorials, visit the Ashford Writing Center within the
Learning Resources tab on the left navigation toolbar. Here is a
breakdown of the page length requirements you should abide by as you
complete this project.

Part 1: 3 pages
Part 2: 3 pages
Part 3: 2 pages (one for each company)
Part 4: 2 pages (one for each company)

Writing the Final Paper
The Final Paper:

  • Must be at least ten double-spaced pages in
    length (not including title page and reference list), and formatted
    according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  • Must include a title page with the following:
    • Title of paper
    • Student’s name
    • Course name and number
    • Instructor’s name
    • Date submitted
  • Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.
  • Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
  • Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.
  • Must use at least ten scholarly resources, including a minimum of six from the Ashford Online Library.
  • Must document all sources in APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  • Must include a separate reference page, formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.