For the Course Project, each student is to prepare a course paper, approximately 12–15 pages in length (excluding appendices), on a topic related to the theme of Strategic Staffing. Within this broad theme, the course paper is intended to be an opportunity to explore, in some depth, a topic related to the course that is of specific significance to you.
A list of example topics for course papers is provided below to provide some ideas. However, these are examples only. Please feel free to consider other staffing-related topics that are of interest to you.
- Alignment of staffing strategy with organizational strategy
- Internet staffing methods compared to traditional staffing methods: time, cost, quality, and retention
- Effects of utilizing realistic job reviews on employee selection, performance, and retention
- Current developments in job analysis
- Breaking theglass ceiling: Sociological, legal, and organizational issues
- Current issues: Managing the flexible workforce
- Current developments in selection testing and validation
- Defining the new careers of the 21stcentury and implications for staffing strategies
- Requirements and implementation strategies for a staffing management information system
- Developing innovative mobility paths for career development: Parallel tracks and lattice tracks
Week 3– Write a short (no more than one page) paper describing your selected topic and submit to the Dropbox.
Week 7–CourseProjectdue to your Dropbox.
See Syllabus/”Due Dates for Assignments & Exams” for due date information.
This paper is worth 240 points. Your paper must include, and will be graded on the following components:
|Title Page||5||Include the title of your course paper, your name, email address, school name, instructor’s name, date of submittal, and class (HRM594).|
|Introduction||20||Describe the strategic staffing topic that you have selected and identify why it is significant. Present any background or facts that will enable the reader to clearly understand the issues.|
|Problem||30||Identify and clearly state the issues or problems. Remember, that what appears to be the strategic staffing problem may actually be just a symptom of a bigger problem—dig deep to be sure you’ve identified therealproblem(s). If there appears to be more than one problem/issue, decide if they are separate or related issues. Keep the problem statement short and concise. Specify whose point of view you are taking to identify the problem.|
|Topical Area||60||Connect the problem to a specific topical area of work in Strategic Staffing. Name the topical area (e.g., high rate of voluntary turnover of valuable employees). Then write your synthesis of at least four scholarly or professional studies or articles that seem relevant to your inquiry.|
|Causes||60||Provide an identification and description of the causes of the problem/issue. Be sure the causes you identify relate directly to the problem/issue. A critical element of the strength of this section is to apply concepts and models from our text, from class discussions, and from your literature review. Discuss the concepts, ideas, or insights that are most valuable in helping you make sense of the causes of the staffing problem. Support your analysis with reference to appropriate research.|
|Solutions||40||Suggest consequences to the organization in the next year, two years, or more if nothing is done differently and no actions are taken to address the causes of this problem.
Recommend a more desirable state of affairs (behaviors); compare this state to what happens if no changes are made; and propose at least two action steps that will leverage the organization toward the more desirable state. Describe exactlywhatshould be done andhowit should be done, including bywhom, withwhom, and inwhatsequence.
|Reflection||15||Think about this assignment and write a well-thought-out reflective statement about how this assignment influenced your personal, academic, and professional leadership and managerial development.|
|References||10||You must use no less than eight resources outside your textbook. Cite all sources.
All references must be cited in two places: within the body of your paper and on a separate reference list. Choose references judiciously and cite them accurately. Refer toThe Business Student Writer’s Manualto understand how to cite sources appropriately.
Citing an author’s work within your text documents and your research identifies the source for readers, and enables readers to locate the source of information in the alphabetical reference list at the end of the paper. To use the ideas or words of another person without crediting the source is plagiarism. Plagiarism in its purest form involves copying passages either verbatim or nearly verbatim, with no direct acknowledgment of the source. The most common (and unconscious) form of plagiarism is to paraphrase a direct quotation. Paraphrasing does not relieve you of the obligation to provide proper identification of source data. The best way to avoid plagiarism is to make sure all quotes, ideas, or conclusions not your own are given proper acknowledgment in your text.