An introduction section that defines your topic, and describes why this issue is important. This section must include your Thesis Statement, which expresses the topic of your paper in the form of a one sentence statement.
A state of the art assessment/literature review of your topic. Examine the published works found in major academic and business publications (i.e., HBR, Sloan, Academy of Management Review, MISQ, ISR, Communications of the ACM). At lease half of your sources should be from high quality journals, industry reports, and books. Provide the reader of your report with a thorough understanding of the topic, current practices, competing technologies, management models, problems/issues raised by others, etc.
An analysis of the topic that draws on the material from class and from your reading. Your analysis should include as a minimum (necessary to receive a score of 85%) the following elements (alternative elements may be used with consent of the instructor):
An examination of implementation issues related to your topic
Organizational benefits related to the issue
Cost factors related to the issue
An examination of the organizational and implementation risks related to the issue
Critical success factors related to the issue
Additional elements germane to your topic. NOTE: To achieve a grade greater than 85%, papers must provide meaningful analysis beyond the basic requirements (a-e).
A conclusion section where you will provide a recommendation regarding the issue. Your recommendation must be supported by the material you found in your state of the art assessment and knowledge gained in the class.
Bibliography of all cited works.
The Introduction / Proposal
This submission should be about 1-2 pages. The idea is to:
Identify your topic. Vagueness is NOT your friend. A vague topic ends when you run out of time, not when you’re finished.
Establish the topics importance (to an organization)
Identify any issues with the current state of how the topic is understood or applied
Thesis Statement for the paper. This is a single sentence that succinctly states what your paper will do or examine. This is not a laundry list of topics.
Provide references used (cited or supporting) as a separate sheet. These will roll into the final paper bibliography.
The final paper should be between 20 and 30 pages, double-spaced, and using 12pt Times Roman or Courier font. Use the APA guidelines for sections and citations. Place large graphics (screen shots, or charts that require more than half a page) in the Appendices. Do not leave large blank gaps in your paper. The cover page, appendices and the Bibliography do not count towards the overall page count.