BUS 160 Fall 2017
Individual Research Paper Topics
Throughout the course, you have been learning more about management and organizational behavior.
To enhance your in-class learnings, you will research a management topic of interest and write a 5-6
page paper (~1500 words). There will be a brief group activity where you will share your findings with
your classmates. Below is a list of pre-approved topics. If there is another topic of interest, please seek
approval from the professor. The objectives of this research paper are the following:
Gain insights into real world management and leadership practices, issues, and trends.
Learn from each other about important management topics.
Gain experience in presenting findings to small groups.
1. Intergenerational Management
Each generation takes on different characteristics in the workplace. What differences do you see
between generations and the management challenges and opportunities that are presented?
2. Management of Creativity and Innovation
Innovation is what drives success in many companies and in many industries. What are companies
doing managerially in today’s markets to gain an edge through innovation?
3. Mission, Organization Design and Culture
Select a number of different types of industries and companies, and identify their missions and
differing organizational designs and cultures supportive of their respective missions.
4. Fun in the Workplace as a Management Strategy
Companies like Zappos are taking a completely different approach to workplace culture. They are
making it totally crazy and fun. What do you see as the advantages and disadvantages of such an
approach? What industries might such an approach work well in and where would it not work?
5. Emerging Technology Companies
Technology startup companies that gain venture funding sometimes face a major management and
leadership challenge in transitioning from a small team of founders to a rapidly expanding growth
company. What are lessons learned and management approaches being followed by successful
emerging growth companies making this transition?
6. Acquiring and Managing Talent in Organizations
What approaches are companies today taking to find, develop, and retain a talented workforce?
7. Management of Quality
There have been a number of evolving approaches to the management of quality. What is quality
and does it vary for service or products? What approaches and trends have we seen in the
management of quality, and what do you think happened in a company as renowned as Toyota for
quality where safety issues have badly hurt the company? What do you see as the future of the
management of quality?
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8. Managing Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility
There have been major ethical breaches in corporations in recent years. What changes to you see in
changes in management and organizational practices in response to these ethical breaches? What
trends to you see for the future? What is the evolving nature of CSR? How is it being practiced today
in companies? Is it just a U.S. phenomenon or do you see it impacting the way companies manage
globally over the long-term future?
9. Impact of Social Media in Organizations
How is social media changing organizational culture and communications including the management
of functions such as Sales & Marketing, and HR?
10. Management of Multicultural Organizations
What are companies doing today to improve the meshing together of employees of different
cultural and ethnic backgrounds? What management and organizational trends do you see?
11. Leadership Styles
What are the contrasting leadership styles that we see in organizations today? What are the pros
and cons of these varying styles, industry fit, and what trends do you see?
12. Building Trust, Loyalty, and Teamwork
What are companies doing today to increase trust, loyalty, and teamwork within their
13. Anticipating the Future
A critical component of success for any company is to anticipate the future and manage accordingly.
Aside from hiring consultants that are expert in a given field, what are companies doing today to
manage the generation of insights so that the organization embraces what the future has in store
14. Globalization and Management Practices
How has globalization changed the way that companies are organizing and managing? What are the
challenges? What are the trends?
15. Management of Organizational Functions
What differences do you see in the way today’s organizations manage their various functions, e.g.
Sales & Marketing, Engineering, Manufacturing/Operations, R&D, and Information Technology, etc?
16. Situational Leadership Models
In almost all things, “One size does not fit all,” and the same is true for leadership. Explore the area
of Situational Leadership Models and provide insights into how this is impacting the practice of
leadership in today’s organizations.
17. Management of Conflict
Inter-personal and Inter-organizational conflict is a significant source of issues within organizations.
Research this general area and provide insights into approaches that managers are using to resolve
and mitigate the effects of conflict.
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18. Managing Security and Safety
In an era of increasing incidents of natural disasters and terrorists attacks, what are companies
doing to manage the improvement of safety and security of their employees, to protect their assets,
including the security of data.
19. Managing Work Life Balance
Many talented employees struggle to maintain a sold career track, but at the same time being able
to maintain the right balance in their private lives. What are companies doing today to address the
management of this issue? What do you see as the trends?
20. Managing the Corporate-Education Institution Interface
One of the most important sources of new talent for organizations is new university graduates.
What are companies, government and military organizations, and/or the nonprofit sector doing
today to improve the management of this interface?
21. 360 Degree Management…Up, Down, and Sideways
Management success often depends on how well one manages not only direct subordinates, but up
the line and laterally as well. What are the different types of management approaches that are
necessary for such a 360 degree management approach? What trends do you see and the different
types of organizational settings where a 360 degree approach is more or less important?
22. Management of Projects and Rapid Change
A common complaint in many organizations revolves around change. What are managers and
leaders doing in today’s organizations to better manage change? Also, what is the evolving nature
of the management of projects? What companies and industries does the project management
concept represent an essential organizational tool in managing dynamic change? What impact has
the development of project management as a profession had on organization and management
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