Term Paper: The term paper is a comprehensive class-long project. Your term paper is your major
contribution, where you will exhibit your learning. Students will individually select an organization,
assess its staffing effectiveness and make recommendations to improve its staffing plans and results
though the approaches, principles and methods learning in the class. Specifically, you will design a
strategy to identify, select, recruit, train and retain suitable staff for that organization. You are free to
choose an organization that you are familiar with, including an organization you have already started or
worked for or you may also choose a fictitious organization that you want to start sometime in the
This project will incorporate important concepts and frameworks introduced throughout the course and
will demonstrate the students ability to understand and properly apply these concepts in real-life
Parameters and guidelines for the assessment are as follows:
Select an organization, e.g., a corporation, company, firm or association (ideally, an
organization which you have some interest in starting or running) for in-depth
analysis of their staffing practices.
The term paper should be at least 1,500 words with at least 3 scholarly references in
addition to your eText for a minimum of 4 total references. Please keep in mind that
the word count requirements point out the minimum amount of effort that should
be put into the paper. Word count isn’t everything because quality of writing and
research matters as well, but it is an indication of the quantity of effort put into the
assignment. Note that word count does not include title, abstract, or reference
pages. Not following this requirement will significantly impact the grade.
Use scholarly peer-reviewed references rather than websites. Scholarly references
are generally more credible and make a more persuasive argument. Non-academic
websites are not typically recommended for academic writing. While most of the
information generally is correct, it is not always reliable because anyone can change
the content, bias is often present, and it is not peer-reviewed. For example, it’s best
not to use news websites, Wikipedia, investopedia.com, about.com,
smallbusiness.chron.com, huffingtonpost.com, ehow.com, forbes.com, cnn.com,
online encyclopedias, or similar non-academic websites. Articles in these types of
websites are written by reporters or individuals who may or may not be experts in the field, and consequently may have incorrect or biased information. Instead, it
adds much more credibility to use the class eText, other related textbooks, and
peer-reviewed articles, i.e. scholars have analyzed and evaluated the content for
accuracy, quality, and reliability. Be sure to use the university library to help you
find these types of scholarly references. The library has a setting in database
searches that allow you to search for peer-reviewed articles only.
It is acceptable to use a company website for research, say for example if you are
researching Apple, it’s ok to use www.apple.com to describe their mission, strategy,
The Term Paper should be well organized and encompass the above subject and
content guidelines, and an electronic copy of the project should be submitted via
The term paper report structure is as follows: This structure is only to help students to get
started and think further in this direction. Students are free to adapt the structure of the
research report as they desire.
Background and Context: Discuss type of industry, products/services, existing
staffing, competition in the context of staffing management, and how
organizational vision and strategies have influenced their staffing.
2. Analysis of current managerial style and philosophy in relation to staffing.
3. Analysis of key terms and principles learned in class and how they relate to the
current status and future staffing goals of the company.
4. Analysis of related Organizational Systems, Policies & Culture.