For the Lesson 12 assignment, write and submit a proposal that outlines how the paper is to be developed.

Decide on the focus of your paper. Choose from the following options:

  • HR focus: you may cover all HRM practices such as performance management, reward, selection, etc., or you may choose to focus on one or two of these practices in more detail.
  • ER focus: please concentrate on all forms of employee communication, both through individual and collective mechanisms.

Draft your proposal in a WORD document, with the following:

  • Describe the organization, including size (number of employees), age (year of founding), and sector.
  • Outline the internationalization strategy of the organization.
  • Describe which countries to be included.
  • Describe whether the focus will be HR or ER, and what this will include.
  • Based on the above points, describe the objectives of the paper.
  • Outline the theories/frameworks you will draw on from the course, with references.
  • Indicate key scientific articles that you intend to refer to from outside the course readings (you do not need to have an exhaustive list at this stage), with references. Include recent references from the last four years. If needed, you could include old references but the number of these should be limited.
  • If you intend to do interviews, please include a list of questions which you would ask senior management in your organization in order to establish the internationalization strategy of the firm (you can use these later for your actual paper research). You could also draw on interviews from other relevant sources (such as the perception of employees, point of view of unions, etc). In all cases, you will need to justify your choice of participants in terms of the objectives of your paper. If you do not or cannot include interviews, just skip this part but justify your choice.
  • Mention your expected findings and how these can confirm/contradict the theories that you will draw on from the course and the scientific literature.
  • Describe the possible limitations of your paper and its practical implications.
  • Provide a list of these references in APA style (Links to an external site.).
  • Finally (optional), describe what difficulties you think you might face in writing the paper and what resources are available to help you overcome them.

The format of the proposal is as follows:

  • Include a Title Page and an abstract of your proposed paper. Do NOT put your name on this title page.
  • A maximum of approximately 1,000 words (excluding references). Your final paper will be 3000 – 6000 words (inclusive of references, tables, figures etc…).
  • Times New Roman, 12-point font, double-spaced text
  • Attention should be paid to the presentation of the text in terms of spelling, grammar, and layout. Remember: this is an academic paper and needs to be well grounded in the literature and theory you have learned throughout this course.
  • The formatting of references should be in APA style (Links to an external site.).
  • Save the file using the title “Proposal”. To keep your proposal anonymous for your classmate’s review, do not include your name in the title of the file or anywhere on the document.

This proposal will be anonymously reviewed by a classmate in the following lesson’s time frame. In addition, you will receive a classmate’s proposal to review. The grade you receive in this assignment is for Step 1: The Paper Proposal. You will also receive a grade in the following lesson for Step 2: Peer Review of a Classmate’s Proposal. You will be returning to this assignment in the next lesson to complete the peer review of a classmate’s proposal using the rubric below.

Rubric

Peer Review Rubric

Peer Review Rubric

Criteria Ratings Pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeDo the title and abstract give the reader a clear idea of what is in the paper?

7.5 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeHas the organizational context been described adequately?

7.5 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAre the objectives of the paper clear, and are they fulfilled?

7.5 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeDoes the report show an understanding of theory with clear definitions of concepts? Did the author refer to key scientific literature from outside the course readings? Did the author refer to recent academic references (from the last four years)?

7.5 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeHave appropriate theories been selected? Does the use of theory look to be too much or too little?

7.5 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeIs theory applied well through clear argumentation?

7.5 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeIs the referencing adequate?

7.5 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAre there any gaps in the argumentation/referencing? If so, what would you recommend adding?

7.5 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAre conclusions based on the reasoning in the paper? Are the expected theoretical and practical implications mentioned?

7.5 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeIs there anything you would advise to add, remove, or adjust in the reasoning or conclusion in this paper? If so, what?

7.5 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeOverall, is the paper clearly structured and easy to follow?

7.5 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeEnsure that you refer to the scientific literature available from PSU online library and lessons/readings from throughout this course when writing your feedback.

7.5 pts

Total Points: 90.0

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