Week Assignment: Evidence for Gap in Practice

Evidence for Gap in Practice

Overview

This assignment gives you the chance to articulate a business problem and gap in practice, supported by literature—key steps in your capstone project as well as essential skills for practicing strategy and innovation in the business world. The business story you draw from for this activity allows you to analyze a problem and gap in a specific business context.

Employer Expectations

The following skills, which apply to this assignment, frequently appear in articles, job posts, and university reports related to employer expectations of a doctoral degree holder:

·         Identify and analyze potential risks within a company’s corporate strategy, as well as how to propose precautionary steps to mitigate these risks.

·         Identify causal factors that limit organizational performance.

Preparation

If you have not already done so, practice choosing whether a problem aligns with its gap by completing the activity Practice Aligning Problems and Gaps.

Also, review the business stories for three businesses and select one. (You will also use the same business for your second assignment.)

Instructions

Select a business story. Within the story, choose from the linked and labeled pairs of problems and gaps in practice related to the assignment topics. A problem is something that is adversely affecting the business and must be addressed, and its related gap in practice is what is causing the problem.

Write a 5–7 page analysis in which you:

·         State the specific business problem. Then, state the gap in practice that is causing your identified problem to occur.

·         Explain why the gap in practice you identified properly aligns with the selected specific problem. Why is this the right gap instead of another? (If your research leads you to a different conclusion about the gap than the one paired with your problem in the business story, you can provide the rationale for a gap other than the one identified.)

·         After researching the gap in practice, discuss how two or more examples of current practitioner literature provide evidence that your chosen gap in practice is the source of the problem. Then add these sources to your Capstone Literature Matrix [XLSX]Download Capstone Literature Matrix [XLSX], fully completing the matrix categories.

·         Based on the topic of your problem and gap, identify a project of interest addressing a need (versus a want) that you might observe in your workplace.

·         Describe why removing your personal biases in the project discovery process is important.

Submit your analysis and the literature matrix spreadsheet in the assignment area.

Additional Requirements

As you complete your assignment, be sure your submission meets the following guidelines:

·         Capstone Literature Matrix: Submit the literature matrix with your selected articles entered.

·         Written communication: Use error-free doctoral-level writing, with original (nonplagiarized) content, logical phrasing, and accurate word choices.

·         APA formatting: Format all references and citations according to current APA style and formatting guidelines. Refer to Academic WriterLinks to an external site. as needed.

·         Font and font size: Use an APA-compliant font, 12 points, throughout.

·         Length: Submit 5–7 double-spaced pages for the analysis plus the literature matrix.

·         File naming protocol: Follow the standard naming conventions for any files you upload. Refer to the Submissions RequirementsLinks to an external site. for details.

Competencies Measured

By successfully completing this assignment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and scoring guide criteria:

·         Competency 1: Create academically sound annotations into a matrix of literature to support business research of problems and practices occurring in the field of strategy and innovation.

o    Make annotations in a literature matrix that convey how the literature provides adequate evidence for the problem, gap, and project need.

·         Competency 2: Critically integrate existing relevant literature to determine an important and meaningful gap in practice for strategy and innovation.

o    Discuss how examples of current practitioner literature provide evidence that a chosen gap in practice is the source of the problem.

·         Competency 3: Identify personal bias to create project topics in strategy and innovation based on need versus want.

o    Describe the role of removing personal biases in the project discovery process.

·         Competency 4: Analyze and assess gaps in practice in strategy and innovation to consider specific actionable responses to the gaps.

o    Explain why a gap in practice properly aligns with a specific problem.

·         Competency 6: Integrate results from multiple sources to formulate a problem and rationalize a business project in the field of strategy and innovation.

o    Use varied sentence structures and correct grammar to convey clear meaning and engage readers.

o    Apply APA style and formatting to scholarly writing.

Grading Criteria Requirements

1.       Explain why a gap in practice properly aligns with a specific problem.

 

-Your paper MUST explain why a gap in practice properly aligns with a specific problem and identifies assumptions on which the rationale is based.

2.   Discuss how examples of current practitioner literature provide evidence that a chosen gap in practice is the source of the problem.

      – Your paper MUST discuss how examples of current practitioner literature provide evidence that a chosen gap in practice is the source of the problem and note what distinguishes the examples from other articles.

3.   Make annotations in a literature matrix that convey how the literature provides adequate evidence for the problem, gap, and project need.

      – Your paper MUST Make annotations in a literature matrix that convey how the literature provides adequate evidence for the problem, gap, and project need, providing more than two examples.

4.   Describe the role of removing personal biases in the project discovery process.

– Your paper MUST Describe the role of removing personal biases in the project discovery process, briefly explaining the pros and cons of the proposed project.

 

5.   Use varied sentence structures and correct grammar to convey clear meaning and engage readers.

– Your paper MUST Use varied, complex sentence structures and virtually flawless grammar to convey clear, unequivocal meaning and engage readers.

6.   Apply APA style and formatting to scholarly writing.

      – Your paper MUST Apply APA style and formatting to scholarly writing. Exhibits strict and nearly flawless adherence to stylistic conventions, document structure, and source attributions.

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