Is Job Enlargement the Solution to Employee Burnout?
Research Paper: This is a graduate course and students will be expected to research and write
papers summarizing in their own words what they have found on current topics from the weekly
readings. Research is a theoretical review of relevant literature and application of findings in the
literature to a topic related to a specific industry, field, or business problem.
The research must be conducted using peer-reviewed trade or academic journals. While
Blogs, Wikipedia, encyclopedias, course textbooks, popular magazines, newspaper articles,
online websites, etc. are helpful for providing background information, these resources
are NOT suitable resources for this research assignment.
i. Choose a research topic from the chapter readings or from the list provided by your
ii. Research/find a minimum at least four (4), preferably five (5) or more, different peerreviewed articles on your topic from the University of the Cumberlands Library online
business database. The article(s) must be relevant and from a peer-reviewed source.
While you may use relevant articles from any time frame, current/published within the
last five (5) years are preferred. Using literature that is irrelevant or unrelated to the
chosen topic will result in a point reduction.
iii. Write a four (4) to five (5) page double spaced paper in APA format discussing the
findings on your specific topic in your own words. Note – paper length does not include
cover page, abstract, or references page(s).
iv. Structure your paper as follows:
a. Cover page
b. Overview describing the importance of the research topic to current business and
professional practice in your own words.
c. Purpose of Research should reflect the potential benefit of the topic to the
current business and professional practice and the larger body of research.
d. Review of the Literature summarized in your own words. Note that this should
not be a “copy and paste” of literature content, nor should this section be
substantially filled with direct quotes from the article. A literature review is a
summary of the major points and findings of each of the selected articles (with
appropriate citations). Direct quotations should be used sparingly. Normally, this
will be the largest section of your paper (this is not a requirement; just a general
e. Practical Application of the literature. Describe how your findings from the
relevant research literature can shape, inform, and improve current business and
professional practice related to your chosen topic.
f. Conclusion in your own words
g. References formatted according to APA 7th edition style requirements