Final Paper Outline
At the end of this course, you will submit a literature review as a Final Paper. Review the requirements for this literature review below. submit an outline of 1–2 pages to your Instructor, who will reply with feedback and suggestions for you to integrate into your work.
Final Paper – Literature Review
Write a 15- to 20-page literature review that captures relevant theories and empirical research leading to a significant research topic, problem, and research question(s). Approach your topic as though you were arguing for funding that might support a vital new step in understanding alternatives to conventional methods of or approaches to capital management and long-term financing. You do not have to actually design a study to the point of specifying research measures of capital management or financing models or specify samples. However, try to evolve your thinking to the point of framing a relevant research topic, problem and question(s) on which to focus your proposed research. This question should be complete enough to suggest why the answers obtained further develop an important theory, address a gap in current models, or demonstrate an immediate application to solving common organizational problems. Rather than attempting to include as many references as possible, try to emphasize the logical coherence of your evidence of conceptual foundations. Build a rhetorical argument for why your research problem and question(s) are important. An obvious extension of your paper would be to consider using it as a springboard for a dissertation proposal. Your paper could also be potentially useful in the development of chapter 2 of your proposal/dissertation.
Your literature review paper should include the following elements:
Adherence to APA format (6th edition), which requires a title page, an abstract, a reference list, and appropriate sections and their headings A thorough review of the literature that shows evidence of a potential research opportunity/gap Presentation of a clearly defined gap in the research, with a focus on what has and has not been discussed in the academic literature The definition of a viable topic for dissertation research (using the aforementioned identified gap as a basis) A draft problem statement included in your conclusion section At least one research question that is demonstrably linked to your problem statement. You do not need to address any hypotheses or design considerations and should include this question in your conclusion section. When encountered, the number of pages required for a student paper or report does not include the reference pages. For example, if an 8-page paper is requested, that is before the reference page(s) are added. Each component of the annotated bibliography would be from 200–400 words in length. The Instructor may provide an example upon request.