Project #30164 - Principles of Mgt


For the research project, you will research, analyze, and present your findings on a topic you select from the list below. The topics are closely related to course material, real life managerial situations, and/or leadership topics. Please give this assignment your very best effort. I caution you not to plagiarize. If you have questions about plagiarism, please review the tutorial and quiz. I check all references and work.

This research is designed to allow you to pursue serious research related to a topic with which you have a personal interest. I hope you enjoy and learn from the results of your labor.

Research Project Details

Research your topic well, collect your thoughts, and present your findings in a very concise well written 3 page response plus a short bibliographical sketch of your sources. The research project is due no later than Friday of Week 7 by 11:59pm CT and should be 3 pages double spaced paper using MLA Style. The project is worth 130 points, see the grading criteria below for point breakdown. If you finish your Research Project early and want to turn it in, feel free.  All grades will be posted in week 8, regardless of when the papers are submitted. Research papers my be turned in late up until Sunday night (midnight) of week seven, but 10% (13 points) of the total point amount will be deducted the first day it is late (Saturday) and then 15% (20 points) the second day (Sunday). Research Projects will not be accepted after Sunday night (midnight) of Week 7.

Paper Requirements

  • Length: 3 pages (the "works cited" page (bibliography) is not included in the 3 page paper.
  • Font: Times New Roman 12 Point
  • Spacing: Double Spaced
  • Style: MLA
  • Due: No later than Friday of Week 7 by 11:59 CT
  • Submit to the Research Project dropbox


The research topics have been carefully selected to compliment the MGMT 330 Principles of Management Course. I've included justification for each of the topics.
  • Chap 1: Discuss the 10 key executive activities/roles mentioned in Chapter 1 of your text. Explain how these roles play out in real life situations and include examples to demonstrate your understanding of the various roles. Do you believe executives participate in all of these roles on a routine basis, or does it depend on other factors? What factors might influence the extent to which an executive does or does not engage in all 10 key roles?
  • Chap 1: As discussed in Chapter 1 of your text, between 1924-1932 a series of studies were conducted to investigate the influence of physical working conditions on worker’s productivity and efficiency. These studies, led by Harvard researcher Elton Mayo, were known as The Hawthorne Studies. Discuss these studies and their importance in the history of management. What were some of the most significant and startling findings revealed, and how can these studies benefit managers today, even though they were conduct so many years ago?
  • Chap 2: Managers today strive to make data-driven decisions, but oftentimes there is a scarcity of information and/or the organization operates in a dynamic and complex environment that creates instability and uncertainty. Describe environmental uncertainty and discuss factors that cause or contribute to that uncertainty. Also, explain how organizations respond to it, as discussed in Chapter 2 of your text. Be thorough and provide specific examples.
  • Chap 16: According to Chapter 16 of your text, there are three broad strategies for achieving organizational control: bureaucratic control, market control, and clan control. No single approach is perfect for every situation, so compare and contrast these three types of controls and discuss characteristics of each, examples, pros/cons, what types of organizations might be more conducive to one type of control over another, etc. Include anything else about these control strategies that you feel is relevant and will further demonstrate your understanding of the concepts.  
  • Chap 13: In the history of management there are numerous theories on the subject of motivation. Three such theories discussed in Chapter 13 of your text, described as “content theories”, are Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, Alderfer’s ERG Theory, and McClelland’s Needs Theory. Compare and contrast these three theories and explain in your own words how they are similar and dissimilar. How are they relevant for today’s managers?
  • Chap 13: Expectancy Theory and Equity Theory are discussed in Chapter 13 of your text. Explain each theory and its importance to the study of management as it relates to employees and managers today. Explain the basis for each theory and how you as a manager might benefit from this knowledge. With a clear understanding of each theory, discuss specific examples from your own employment history where you feel this knowledge was used, or could have been used.
  • Chap 13: Managers are always looking for ways to inspire and motivate their employees to be more productive, as well as providing them a work environment that will lead to employee satisfaction and creativity. Trying to reach a balance between the two can oftentimes be a daunting task, especially if the nature of the job itself is very specialized and narrow in scope (Ex: assembly line worker). One factor to consider is “job design”. Explore the various methods available to managers in this regard, discussed in Chapter 13 of your text. At a minimum you should discuss the concepts of job rotation, job enlargement, Herzberg’s Two-Factor Theory, and empowerment. Try to think of an example where a job you had was enhanced using one of the methods just discussed.

Additional topics of similar intensity and applicability may be selected from time to time.

Grading Criteria

Research Project Rubric
CriteriaA LevelB LevelC LevelD LevelF Level

65 Points

Coverage, Content, Relevance, and Thoroughness

56-65 Points

Paper presents a concrete relevant well researched effort

52-58 Points

Paper covers topic well but lacks depth and pertinent detail

46-51 Points

Paper appears accurate, readable and generally informative

39-45 Points

Paper provides a general overview of topic but lacks detail and content

0-38 Points

Paper evidences many inaccuracies, is limited in scope and generally incomplete

30 Points

Organization, Originality and Critical Assessment

27-30 Points

Paper reflects superior effort, depth and originality

24-26 Points

Paper reflects above average effort, depth and originality

21-23 Points

Paper reflects adequate effort, depth and originality

18-20 Points

Paper reflects below average effort, depth and originality

0-17 Points

Paper clearly reflects little originality, thoughtfulness or critique

15 Points

Mechanics, Formatting, and Grammar

14-15 Points

MLA writing style clearly evident with accurate grammar, punctuation and formatting

12-13 Points

Paper reflects above average grammatical expression and follows proper formatting rules

10-11 Points

Paper reflects average grammatical expressions with accurate spelling, punctuation and formatting

8-9 Points

Paper reflects limited attention to grammatical content, sentence structure and organization

0-7 Points

Paper clearly lacks correct grammatical expressions, contains spelling errors and/or generally ignores MLA style guide

20 Points

Reference Sources, Quality and Currency

18-20 Points

Research depth clearly reflects extensive effort. Source data provided from both Internet library and outside sources

16-17 Points

Paper reflects at least five source documents which are current, applicable and relevant.

14-15 Points

Paper reflects average research efforts with three or more Internet sources all of which are current

12-13 Points

Work reflects limited research efforts and does not follow MLA formatting style guide.

0-11 Points

Few or no references were provided and clearly display lack of depth of research efforts.

Subject Business
Due By (Pacific Time) 05/09/2014 10:59 pm
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