Choose one of the following topics to review:
- Explain how a firm’s human resources
influence organizational performance.
So, what is a review of the literature?
A research review is an account of what has been published on a topic by accredited scholars and researchers. Sometimes it is part of the introduction to an essay, research report, or thesis. In writing the research review, your purpose is to convey to your reader what knowledge and ideas have been already written about a topic, and what their strengths and weaknesses are. As a piece of writing, the research review must be defined by a guiding concept (e.g., your research objective, the problem or issue you are discussing or your argumentative thesis). It is not just a descriptive list of the material available and/or a set of summaries.
This project enhances your knowledge about the topic and helps you gain skills in the following areas.
- information seeking: the ability to review the literature efficiently, using manual or computerized methods, or to identify a set of useful articles and books
- critical appraisal: the ability to apply principles of analysis to identify unbiased and valid studies or reviews.
A research review should do the following:
- be organized around and related directly to the thesis or research question you are developing
- synthesize results into a summary of what is and is not known
- identify areas of controversy in the literature
- formulate questions that need further research
The purpose is to assure that you are progressing appropriately with your research project, which is due the end of unit 7. This piece is worth fifty points and due the end of unit 4. It should be submitted in rich text format. Each review should contain at least two to three appropriate quotes and citations.