Research Paper on the practice of management

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The key
phrase here is “original research.” 
While no research is truly “original,” the purpose of this paper is for
you to:

  1. Examine a current situation, theory, technique,
    or approach to the practice of management.
  2. Review and analyze the topic with respect to
    existing theories of management.
  3. Critique the topic, using existing theories of
    management, business practice, social theories, or psychological theories.

paper is to take the form of a research paper, using the American Psychological
Association Manual of Style.  You are to
select your topic from current literature; however, feel free to select your topic
from current books and articles on management that speak about the most recent
trends, thoughts, and practices in management (e.g., Fortune, Bloomberg
Business Week, The Wall Street Journal, etc.).

practice of management develops and moves very quickly, and practice is
generally ahead of academic theory.  Much
of contemporary management practice is at the “leading edge,” as managers try
and find techniques and methods that will improve the practice and lead to
increased organization performance.  However,
much of what passes for “the latest management practice” often turns out to be
a passing phase or fad, and lacks a sound theoretical base.  Or, much of contemporary practice is old
theories recycled and repackaged into clever ideas, models, and concepts – but
which are, at base, an old theory or framework. 
Your goal is to think logically and critically about the current
practice of management, increase your understanding of contemporary practice,
while at the same time developing your ability to reason and evaluate the
efficacy and validity of various approaches to management.

format for the research paper is as follows:

  1.  12 point
    type font, double spaced, 1” margins top, bottom, and sides.
  2. Citations as in the APA Style Manual (see  or ).  (Note: 
    Microsoft Word 2010 and later does references automatically, take
    advantage of the software!)
  3. While there are no page minimums, the maximum
    allowed is 15 pages of narrative text. 
    Any figures, graphs, tables, etc., are exempt from the page
    limitations and should be included at the end of the paper, and noted in
    the text as per the APA Style Manual. 
    References are likewise omitted from the page limitation. 
  4. Your paper does not need to include an
  5. The cover page should include the title, the
    designation “BMA620 – Fall 2015,” and your student ID number only,
    centered on the page as shown:


  1. I strongly encourage you to begin your research
    paper as early as possible in the course. 
    Look at recent periodicals for current trends or thought on the
    practice of management.  Focus on
    those issues, situations, theories, or practices that are contemporary in
    nature.  I want you to become
    discerning consumers of managerial thinking.  The purpose of this source is for you to
    become good students of management, and to develop the type of thinking
    skills that will serve you in your professional careers.  If you have any questions about the
    potential topic, please ask me!  I
    would be more than happy to work with you in the process.
  2. Your paper should include (1) an introduction, (2)
    a description of the management theory, practice, technique, approach, or
    philosophy that you are examining, (3) a theoretical background for the
    topic area, and (4) a critical review and examination of the topic.