The final paper should include the following 5 sections:
Executive Summary – A one paragraph summary of the longer report. This should outline the primary issue under investigation, approach to resolving and learning more, in addition to final recommendation.
Organization Overview – a) Provide just enough details on the company for me to be able to understand the problem that will be described. Resist the urge to provide irrelevant details and feel free to omit or disguise any details that might be sensitive in nature. B) Describe what you tasks you performed in relation to the organization, including your methods/sources for collecting information data
Problem – Describe, specifically, one OB-related (dealing with employee performance and/or organizational commitment) problem that the company is struggling with that will serve as the focus of the paper. Resist the urge to discuss multiple problems–focus on one specific issue with which the organization is struggling. Be sure to focus on a problem that can be impacted by the relevant topic.
Concepts –Describe very specifically what concepts, principles, and findings in the course matter to the problem. How can they can help to understand why it exists? How can they can be leveraged to provide a solution?
Recommendations – Applying course concepts, provide a list of very specific recommendations/action steps that flow out of the discussion of concepts that can help solve the problem. In thinking about how to craft the topic into those recommendations, strike a balance between being practical and being bold. Every organization has key constraints that need to be taken into account when designing interventions. Although those should be considered, resist the urge to just “play it safe,” as that tendency often leads to modest interventions that are ultimately ineffective.
Format: The length of the paper is 10-15 double-spaced pages. Your team will be penalized for not meeting or exceeding this limit. The limit does not include appendices, which you are free to use to provide charts, figures, or other background material not necessary in the main body of your analysis. However, appendices that are not directly referenced in the main text will not be read.