research project about ethcial leadership about “Skills approach”

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RESEARCH COMPONENT–WRITING PROJECT/RESEARCH
PAPER:

The individual/team
research project is designed to answer one key question:  using a unique theory of leadership, how does
leadership and ethical behavior affect employee performance?  Phase I: 
Theory
àHypotheses
In this first phase, a theory is built about leadership behavior or
leader ethical behavior and how those behaviors impact employee
performance.  Using text material,
research, readings, and in-depth interviews (each will interview at least two
people; the people interviewed must be employed full-time and not attending
Troy University, and hopefully, those interviewed will be as different from one
another as possible).  The specific
interview questions will be left up to you, but you should explore the
interview subjects’ beliefs about which leadership or ethical behaviors are
important, and how these behaviors affect employee performance.  Let them tell you what is important!  Do not provide a set of concepts for
them!  For example, one interview
question might be:  “When you think about
times that you had good leadership, what specific leader behaviors contributed
to how you performed?” or “When you think about good ethical leaders, what
behaviors stand out as being particularly effective in changing employee
behavior/performance?”  Your project can
focus on the concepts in this course, but should go beyond those concepts as
well. 

Phase
II:  Interview Method Description

This section of your research paper should describe your interview
participants (no names or other identifying information), the questions asked
in the interviews, the participants’ responses to the interview questions, and
the themes/concepts that emerged from the interviews. 

Phase
III:  Incorporate Interview Data into
Theory and Hypotheses
:  Once your interviews are
completed, you will distill the most interesting themes from your interviews and
convert those into specific predictions that can be tested with data.  Hypotheses can focus on the concepts in this
course, but (again) should go beyond these concepts as well.  Feel free to focus on the concepts that
interest you or your team.  Incorporate
your interview data into your Leadership Theory.  Explicitly show the changes you made to your
original Leadership Theory based on the interviews.  Express your theory in diagram form.

Phase
IV:  Recommendations for practicing
managers
:  Use this section of your paper to make
recommendations to practicing managers based on your theory and the interview
data that you collected.  No two individuals/teams
may present the same leadership theory. 
To meet the threshold for a B grade, no fewer than 10, non-textbook,
relevant references must be used and cited [use the APA Publication Manual for
citation style; this is very important for electronic sources–Internet,
etc.].  At least ten sources are
required; with at least eight of those sources from current (2011-2015),
reputable, peer-reviewed journals.  The
other sources may include academic and professional periodicals, government
publications (to include CD ROM resources), magazines, and newspaper
articles.  All work submitted must be the
original work of the student(s), and will be checked for originality using
online software (Turnitin.com). 
Plagiarism will result in a failing grade for the project, and possible
for the course [see Cheating Policy]. 
This paper should be between 10 and 14 pages in length—hopefully no more
than 15 pages.  Number all pages and use
American Psychological Association (APA) format, 12-point font, double-spacing
(LS = 2), paragraph indention, section headings, and submit in MS-Word
format.  This is expected to be a
scholarly project.  It will include a
title page, executive summary, research report body including introduction,
theory/problem/issue, and recommendations/suggestions for managers, (at least
one) graphic(s), and references page. 
Grades will be based on scholarship, application of course material, use
of course research concepts, coherence, reference quality, format, and
grammatical correctness, and all research projects will be rated and/or ranked
within the class, and grades assigned accordingly (in line with the
ratings/rankings).  Your work should look
business-like and professional.

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