With instructor approval, students
will select an organization that either has or is experiencing
challenges with its compensation and benefit system. The student will
provided a brief historical view of the organization, an assessment of
their current challenge, a review of other organizations who had a
similar situation and the strategy they devised to address the issue,
theories and strategies that should be contemplated to address the
situation and, finally, a recommendation to management on how to
address/resolve the situation. Importantly, the student should ensure
any recommendations are based on solid research and analysis and reflect
a comprehensive solution to the problem.
The research paper should integrate
items discussed in class, textbook material, and additional information
gathered from secondary or primary sources. A minimum of eight credible
sources (other than the course textbook) should be used to develop your
final project paper. Research topics must be reviewed in advance with
Introduction: The area of research should be described and the
purpose of the research. That is, describe the topic area in terms of
(1) its relationship the topic and (2) what you want to be able to
contribute to the training literature by writing this paper. Your
introduction must include a succinct thesis statement.
Review of the literature: Organize the literature into logical
streams of thought related to your topic area. Within each of these
areas summarize what the literature has to say. Be sure to indicate in
your discussion whether the information is based on empirical data or
analysis of the author.
Implications of the literature: Again, organize the implications
of the literature in a manner that logically builds the case for your
conclusions (which you will present in the next section). For each of
your implications be sure to reference the literature related to that
implication. Be sure to indicate whether the implication is one that has
already been made in the literature or if this is one that is original
to you through your own analysis. You should identify in this section
important areas related to your topic that are missing from the
literature. As appropriate within a business report, it is important to
use section headings to organize your key points.
Conclusions: This is where you tie all the pieces together. Make
sure your conclusions are organized in a logical order that synthesizes
your major points relative to the purpose of your paper. Be sure that
your conclusions are justified and have credible support. Inspire your
audience to think about the practical application of your topic.
Remember, this is the last thing you are leaving with your reader so
make the context of your message clear, communicate the impact of your
topic, and leave a lasting impression.
Writing the Compensation and Benefits PaperThese papers are to reflect the current "state of the art"
in the area and should reflect both academic and professional
(practical) orientations. Your final paper should be eight- to ten-
double-spaced pages in length (exclusive of Appendix, References,
Exhibits, etc.) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the
approved APA style guide. This final paper should review the available
research, discuss the implications of that research for the topic area,
and provide conclusions. The paper should be organized into the
Remember, your paper:
Must include a title page according to APA style.
Must include an introductory paragraph with a succinct thesis statement.
Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought and analysis.
Must include section headings to organize your key points clearly.
Must include citations to references that support the assertions made and facts presented in the paper.
Must conclude a conclusion paragraph that ties directly back to your thesis statement.
Must use APA style as outlined in the approved APA style guide to document all sources.
Must include, on the final page, a Reference List that is
completed according to APA style as outlined in the approved APA style