Human Resource Management

This is human resource management dissertation topic based on the following question:

‘ If coaching and mentoring has an positive impact on women in senior leadership management positions in the USA and does it help them break the ‘glass ceiling.’

The word count for this project is 9,100 words. You are allowed to go over the word count- maximum 300 words ONLY.   Please use 40 HARVARD referencing sources only.  The project needs to formulate a relevant and clear research aim and research objectives with underlying rational for research. Please use only SECONDARY DATA ONLY.  Use correct grammar and spelling when writing this project. Please follow below for the format and what to include in this dissertation.  Since this project is based on  human resource management, please use relevant HRM theories throughout the topic and make between relevant literature and the research question so that one does not over shadow the other.  

You will so need to write in THIRD person only.

Project structure and content:

  • Cover page – Title
  • Declarations – Acknowledgements
  • Brief statement acknowledging all who helped with the research. Plus confirmation
  • that the project is your own work.
  • Abstract – not more than 200 words: It presents a brief summary of the research
  • and its findings.
  • Table of Contents
  • List of tables, figures, abbreviations – if relevant
  • Introduction: sets the context in which your research took place; the underlying
  • reasons for the research (justification) and the way your project is organised:
  • structure – what can the reader expect?)
  • Literature review: your review should critically analyse relevant academic and
  • practitioner publications /debate in the area of your research, and will normally
  • provide the conceptual framework for the start of your research. This review
  • should clearly link to your research aim and objectives/questions.
  • Research Methodology and methods adopted in your project: details and
  • justification of the research framework and data collection techniques you used. Includes sampling, non-response issues if relevant and refection on research ethics
  • to be considered.
  • Findings, analysis of results and discussion: This is the core of your project: your

presentation of the results of your research, analysis and discussion of these

findings within the context of the knowledge in the field. It is essential that you

discuss your findings with link to other research (i.e. the literature you reviewed).

  • Depending on the type of data (e.g. quantitative, qualitative, combination) and for instance a quantitative research report may find it necessary to have a distinct chapter of presentation of findings; separate from the analysis and discussion of findings chapter. A qualitative research report may find it more relevant to present and discuss findings as one integrated whole.
  • Analysis (primary, secondary, both), this can be organised in separate chapters or one integrated whole.
  • Conclusions
  • Recommendations and implementation plan
  • Personal learning statement
  • References – Harvard format
  • Appendices. The total number of appendices pages should not be higher than the
  • number of pages for the main text of the project.

What to include in this dissertation:

  • The project must include the costed implementation plan and personal reflective statement as part of the main body, so not in appendix.
  • The number of pages of appendices must not be higher than the number of pages
  • of main project text.
  • The project must be presented in a plain 12-point font (for instance Arial or Times Roman) with 1.5 line spacing.
  • Following the title page, a full contents page detailing sections and/or chapter headings including references and any appendices.
  • Following the contents page an Abstract, titled as such, of not more than 200 words summarizing the major themes, findings, and conclusions/recommendations of the investigation

You will also need to include:

  • Critically review significant and relevant academic and practitioner literature, and set their research aim within this context.
  • Include a relevant discussion of organisational context, if appropriate.
  •  Explain, justify and correctly use appropriate research methodology and methods.
  •  Identify, systematically collect and include clearly presented findings.
  • Critically analyse and interpret findings in an integrated manner, in the context of the knowledge in the field (practitioner and academic literature).
  • Apply or test an area of existing HRM knowledge in a new situation, and/or synthesise such knowledge so as to conceptually develop or reframe it.
  • Draw appropriate conclusions based on research and make, realistic, timely and cost effective recommendations for management action where appropriate and/or a

contribution to existing HRM knowledge based upon a synthesis and critique of

existing theory and practice in the selected area of enquiry.

  • Satisfactory professional presentation of material and argument, with clear structure and accurate Harvard style referring.
  •  Review personal learning

The project is a formal document and needs to be written in an appropriate style:

  • Normally this is the third person passive.
  • Exceptionally, within some distinct methodologies such as participatory research,

or a feminist approach, a more personal writing style (the use of ‘I’), can be argued

as appropriate. If you feel this is relevant to your research, it would be necessary to

justify its use.

Guidance on Personal Reflective Statement

  • Word count: 300-500 words (outside 10,000 maximum word count for Project)

Aim: The aim of personal reflective statement using the CIPD description (see CIPD,

2011): “This is an opportunity for you to demonstrate one of the qualities of a ‘thinking

performer’: that of reflecting on your own experience and learning. Your statement

  • should offer a brief consideration outlining:
  • What significant personal learning was achieved while conducting your study and whether there are any learning needs arising out of it.
  •  How you dealt with any problems or difficulties and whether these could have been
  • avoided or alleviated.
  •  How it has helped you understand the process of business research what you might have “done differently.”
  • Following questions can help you write/structure your personal reflective statement:
    • What is the focus of your completed Project? Why do you feel that, from both
  • an academic and practitioner perspective, this has been an area worthy of
  • investigation?
    • In what ways did your critical review of the relevant literature modify or
  • otherwise develop your first thoughts about the topic – and perhaps your
  • overall research strategy?
    • What methodological issues have arisen in your Project and how have you
  • addressed them – or how would you address them now?
    • How did your answers to Questions
      • your choice of research methods
      • your data analysis
      • the conclusions drawn from your analysis
    • What have you learned from undertaking this research and how will you apply
  • this to your future work in Human Resource Management.
    • If you were to undertake this Project again what, if anything, might you do
  • differently and why?

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