At the end of this course, you will submit a literature review as a Final Paper. Review the requirements for this literature review below. By Day 7 of Week 3, submit an outline of 1–2 pages to your instructor, who will reply with feedback and suggestions for you to integrate into your work.
Final Paper – Literature Review
Write a 15- to 20-page literature review that captures relevant theories and empirical research leading to a significant research topic, problem and research question(s). Approach your topic as though you were arguing for funding that might support a vital new step in understanding alternatives to conventional leadership. While you do not have to actually design a study to the point of specifying research measures of leadership and organizational behaviors or specify samples, try to evolve your thinking to the point of framing a relevant research topic, problem and question(s) on which your proposed research would be focused. This question should be complete enough to suggest why the answers further develop an important theory, address a gap in a current model of leadership, or demonstrate an immediate application for solving common organizational problems. Rather than attempting to include as many references as possible, try to emphasize the logical coherence of your evidence of conceptual foundations. Build a rhetorical argument for why your research problem and question(s) are important. An obvious extension of your paper would be to use it as a springboard for a dissertation proposal. Your paper could also be useful for potential use in the development of Chapter 2 of your Proposal/Dissertation.