Individual Research Reports

Individual Research Reports. Each of you will be expected to investigate a current “human”/HR issue or problem facing organizations today. Think in particular of issues that present strong challenges to organizations and managers, and yet which have not been written about extensively in the management/organizational literature. Begin by looking for whatever current research or writing has been done on your topic. You are then expected to do some original field research on your topic, i.e., investigate first-hand how two-four organizations are attempting to manage this issue, as well as the consequences of their actions.


Your investigation should explain the problem and its consequences, and examine how these different organizations are dealing with this issue.  You should have decided upon your topic by 2nd week of class, and your target organizations by the 3rd week. Each student will submit a 5-6 page typed, double-spaced report (this length is a minimum; you may go longer without penalty). Include citations and references to all sources used, following a standard procedure (such as the APA Guidelines). Research Reports paper is due during last week of class.


Note:  Title Page, Abstract & Works Cited page does not count toward the 5-6 page requirements.


1. Description of the topic: Define the topic and any relevant terms, give a brief history, explain

the prevalence and importance of topic, etc.


2. Pros and cons of the topic: Why should organizations care about this topic? What are the

benefits of successfully addressing this issue? What are the disadvantages of dealing with it?


3. HR practices to address the topic: Give specific guidelines on how HR can develop programs

and/or policies to handle this issue.


4. References: You must have at least five references cited throughout the paper and listed on your reference page. Textbooks are not allowed as references. However, you may download

articles from the library’s online databases. Appropriate references are journal articles and books (other than textbooks).



Below are some examples of potential topics listed by presentation area.



Internet recruiting

Contingent employees


Assessment centers

Personality/integrity testing Reference/background checks

Resume fraud




Orientation programs


Managing workplace diversity

Corporate universities

Computer based training

Transfer of training

Succession planning









Performance Management

360 degree feedback

Managing executive performance

Rater motivation

Rater training

Management by objectives

Giving feedback



Executive pay


Work/life balance benefits

Child/elder care

Cafeteria/flexible benefits plans

Severance packages


Health, Safety, & Security

Workplace violence

Smoking policies


HIV/AIDS in the workplace

Employee assistance programs

Wellness programs

Stress in the workplace


Employee Rights

Drug testing

Workplace romance

Handling terminations


Disciplinary procedures

Grievance procedures

Electronic monitorin



Grading Criteria Research Project


1. Description of the topic                                                                   40 points

2. Clarity and organization of report                                                    20 points

3. Pros and cons of the topic                                                               45 points

4. HR practices to address the topic                                                     45 points

5. Grammar/Mechanics                                                                        20 points

6. APA Guidelines                                                                               10 points

7. Page Length  5-6 pages                                                                                20 points


200 points


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