Paragraph 1: Select a topic on an industry, a specific organization, a specific position, trend, or problem in 21st Century organizations, or another approved topic related to your HDO experience. This paragraph should address the following:a. What topic will you pursue for your research proposal?b. What motivates you to pursue this topic/why are you interested in it? 2. Paragraph 2: Narrow the focus of the broad research topic you selected above to a specific issue. To receive full credit, this paragraph should:a. Include a clear, focused, feasible, and complex research question.b. Establish why this research question is worth answering: i. Who does the problem affect?ii. Who will benefit from resolving the problem? iii. Who will feel the consequences if the problem is not resolved?iv. How will resolving the problem advance understanding of your topic?3. Paragraphs 3-4: Situate your ideas within the context of the Foundations of Research Lecture. Answer the following questions with your research question in mind:a. Which of the four paradigms (positivism, social constructionism, critical, postmodernism) resonates with you the most? Why (at least 2 sentences)?b. Do you think you will mix positivist and post-positivist paradigms, or lean in one direction? Why (at least 2 sentences)?c. What is the purpose (exploration, description, explanation) of your proposed research question? How do you know (at least 2 sentences)?4. For this part of the assignment, you will use preliminary research to test and refine the scope of your question by evaluating the type, quality, and quantity of available information. Writing a good research question is a process, not a one-time event; thus, you may need to adjust your ideas based on how much—or how little—information you find. Complete the following steps (you will be asked to reflect on/write about this process in question five): a. Identify the main ideas in your research question and write them down as keywords. b. Use these keywords to find three (3) scholarly sources.i. Include an MLA citation and thoughtful explanations, where prompted.Post the URL link of the sources as well5. Paragraphs 5-7: Reflection is an important part of the research process. Active reflection will allow you to keep track of your progress over time, think about how you will address challenges you encounter, and encourage you to think about and adjust your approach as a researcher. To conclude this assignment, reflect on the following:a. Why did you choose the three sources you used in this assignment (versus other sources you encountered, for example)? In doing so, consider how they relate to/inform your research question. b. What difficulties did you encounter searching for sources? Explain.i. Did you do any problem solving to adjust your search results?ii. How did you modify your initial search to get more relevant results?c. How did doing a preliminary search impact how you think about/understand your research question?
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