Business Research Process SLP

To complete this SLP, review the following material:

  • Murray, N. (2008). Writing up your university assignments and research projects: A practical handbook Open University Press. Chapter 6: What are the different components of a research project?
  • Ong, W., Lee, D., Ye, A., Wu, C. and Liao, S. (2015). IKEA Case Study. Created with

Chapter 6 of Murray (2008) book provides a description of what a research project should look like with a list of each of the components. This structure is very similar to the structure of the Doctoral Study Project required at the end of this program. For this exercise, review this chapter as an illustration.

Next, review the IKEA case study presented in a website (not a paper) with a nice description of the organizational case study.

After reading the required background material and finding at least two other resources on your own, write a 3-4 page paper (without counting the cover page and the page with references) discussing the topic:

Compare and contrast business report and academic research project writing
In your paper, you should answer the following questions using your own evaluation and critical thinking.

  1. How can the IKEA Case Study become an academic research project report?
  2. What did you like/dislike from the IKEA Case Study?
  3. What are the pros and cons of using the traditional academic research project structure?

SLP Assignment Expectations

Length: The written component of this assignment should be 3-4 pages long (double-spaced) without counting the cover page and reference page.

Organization: Subheadings should be used to organize your paper according to the questions.

Grammar and Spelling: While no points are deducted for minor errors, assignments are expected to adhere to standard guidelines of grammar, spelling, punctuation, and sentence syntax. Points may be deducted if grammar and spelling impact clarity. We encourage you to use tools such as and proofread your paper before submission.

As you complete your assignment, make sure you do the following:

  • Answer the assignment questions directly.
  • Stay focused on the precise assignment questions. Do not go off on tangents or devote a lot of space to summarizing general background materials.
  • Use evidence from your readings to justify your conclusions.
  • Be sure to cite at least five credible resources.
  • Make sure to reference your sources of information with both a bibliography and in-text citations. See the Student Guide to Writing a High-Quality Academic Paper, including pages 11-14 on in-text citations. Another resource is the “Writing Style Guide,” which is found under “My Resources” in the TLC Portal.

Your assignment will be graded using the following criteria:

  • Assignment-driven Criteria: Student demonstrates mastery covering all key elements of the assignment.
  • Critical Thinking/ Application to Professional Practice: Student demonstrates mastery conceptualizing the problem, and analyzing information. Conclusions are logically presented and applied to professional practice in an exceptional manner.
  • Business Writing and Quality of References: Student demonstrates mastery and proficiency in written communication and use of appropriate and relevant literature at the doctoral level.
  • Citing Sources: Student demonstrates mastery applying APA formatting standards to both in text citations and the reference list.
  • Professionalism and Timeliness: Assignments are submitted on time.

Bhattacherjee, A. (2012). Introduction to Research, Social Science Research: Principles, Methods, and Practices (pp. 1-7). USF Tampa Bay Open Access Textbooks Collection. Book 3.

Ong, W., Lee, D., Ye, A., Wu, C. and Liao, S. (2015). IKEA Case Study. Created with

Rabianski, J. S. (2003). Primary and secondary data: Concepts, concerns, errors, and issues. The Appraisal Journal, 71(1), 43-55. Retrieved from the Trident Online Library.

Lunenburg, F. C., & Irby, B. J. (2008;2014;2007;). Writing a successful thesis or dissertation: Tips and strategies for students in the social and behavioral sciences (1st ed.). US: Corwin Press. Chapter 1:Selecting a Suitable Topic. (p. 2-15). Retrieved from the Trident Online Library.

Optional Reading

Blackstone, A. (2012). Paradigms, Theories, and How They Shape a Researcher’s Approach, Principles of Sociological Inquiry (pp. 15-18)

Trochim W. and J. Donnelly (2008). Foundations (Philosophy of Research-Structure of Research), The Research Knowledge Base (3 ed.). Mason, Ohio: Cengage Learning.

Sacramento State University Library (2017.) APA Style Guide: Table 6.1 Basic Citation Styles.…

California State University, Chico, Merriam Library (2011). What is a scholarly article? Retrieved from…

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