When there is a burning issue that you want to study, it is not enough just to start researching and crafting a draft. In academic circles, the process starts with the proposal. If the proposal for your investigation is interesting and promising, a supervisor gives the consent. And this is when you actually start working on your studies.
But till that time you need to work on the academic proposal. What should you begin with? We suggest you learn the four basic principles of a worthy piece:
Now that you are aware of the principles, let’s proceed to share the ins and outs of writing a research proposal in human resources management.
The outcome greatly depends on the chosen topic. To get approval, you need to be sure that the direction of the study is of interest both to you and your supervisor. To facilitate your work, we are presenting the list of up-to-date topics:
You surely can go with any of your own topics. These ones are just suggestions you can draw inspiration from.
The title page of your academic investigation proposal must be formatted in accordance with the norms of APA, Chicago, Harvard, or MLA formatting style. However, the title itself shouldn’t consist of words like investigation, research or proposal. Present the topic, write your name, the name of your supervisor, and the department.
Frankly speaking, not all supervisors require their students to complete abstracts for academic researches. Still, if you are required, take into account that the length of the abstract should not exceed 200 words.
The abstract to the research offer is always presented on a separate page and includes:
In other words, your abstract is a sort of outline for what you are going to present next.
Step number one in writing this block of your proposal is to present a short paragraph to state the topic of a potential study. The topic should be given in the very first sentence and should answer the two questions: What do you want to investigate? What is the goal of your academic investigation?
Step number two is discussing the chosen topic. Here they expect you to shed light on things that you are particularly interested in. Take your time to think over a question/questions that will be covered. Be clear and precise when presenting these questions.
Step three is explaining your supervisor (or any other reader) why this very issue is of such great importance. This section of the introduction part has to answer the well-known so-what? question. Talk on the significance, practical, theoretical and educational importance.
The entire block should not take up more than five or less than three pages. Make sure you use the subheadings, cite known resources and scholars.
There are known cases when supervisors allowed students to have the literature review incorporated into the introduction block. But these cases are extremely rare. So we suggest you go a traditional way and present the review of the studied sources as a separate block.
What is the main purpose of a literature review when you are working on a research purpose for your topic in human resources management? Actually, there are eight of them:
Why do many students fail in writing a decent review of the literature? It’s all because they all make identical mistakes. Their review lacks structure, organization, focus, and coherence. Students are often repetitive, have no idea how to properly cite and suggest data that is out-of-date. Plus, in their reviews, they mostly depend on secondary sources instead of paying close attention to first-hand ones.
Now that you know what mistakes to avoid, it is time to shed light on how the review of literature should be organized. Tip one is to use subheadings that will bring coherence and order to your proposal. The commonest subsections are usually the following:
Tip two is to address the audience by disclosing the topic in a manner that is engaging, interesting and thought-provoking. If you bore your audience, the proposal for research in human resources studies will be rejected.
As every section has a clear goal, let’s concentrate on the goal of the methodology section. Here you explain the scientific approaches that are chosen for this type of investigation. Some students find this part of a proposal tough. For you not to join their list, we suggest you stick to the following recommendations.
In this section you need to do the following:
Conclude this section by writing a short paragraph that sums up the design of the proposal.
It is absolutely clear that at this stage you cannot provide the results of the research. Still, you need to present a common hypothesis concerning the expected results. Later on, in your actual research work, you will be able to state if the hypothesis was correct.
As for the discussions, your main task is to convince your supervisor of the great influence that the research will have. Apply efforts to communicate your own confidence, perseverance, and enthusiasm. But don’t overdo: mention all possible limitations and weak parts of the proposed study. What constraints are you afraid of the most?
It should be placed on a separate paper and include all websites, books, and articles that you have somehow used while creating a research proposal. List all sources alphabetically. Your supervisor will surely require you to present at least four references per page. So, the maths here is very clear: if your proposal is 15 pages long, you need to provide 60 references.
The least favorite stage of crafting a proposal for academic investigation is, however, very important. It is essential to hand in a work that is free from spelling, grammar, and punctuation mistakes as well as misprints.
Even though you have completed the piece by yourself, many citations in it can have an impact on the originality of the work. Use one of the free online tools to check the percentage of originality and make some amendments until it is late.
Another option that most supervisors suggest to their students is to seek help from those who’ve already succeeded in writing a similar task. Or, as one of the options, you can ask one of your family members to read the proposal and check if there are any mistakes that you have omitted.
We have analyzed hundreds of various research proposals in human resources management and know why most potential resources get rejected. We have eight reasons that you need to be aware of:
According to statistics 7 of 10 proposals get rejected due to at least one of the reasons above. So reread them once again to make sure that they have absolutely nothing to do with the proposal that you are currently working on.
If you want to offer a proposal that stands out, is exclusive and mind-blowing, you are expected to devote much time to its creation. All of your attempts to weasel your way out, won’t work here. Research for any degree is a serious academic assignment, so it will be checked accordingly.