Scientific Thinking

Scientific Thinking

Reference this week’s lecture to develop a research question and a hypothesis for a hypothetical business problem of your choice. Explain the management dilemma or the business problem that the research would attempt to solve. Your research question must relate to the business reason for the research. For example, “Why have sales of used cars been declining at a rate of 5% per month since July 2012 at Smith Motors?” is a valid research question because you can investigate it with research.

A hypothesis must state an educated guess about why you think something is happening; think about cause and effect. For example, “Sales are declining at Smith Motors due to road construction around our dealership” is a hypothesis because it offers a possible cause for the problem. “Sales are declining at Smith Motors” is not a hypothesis because it does not offer a possible cause for the problem.

Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts.

Ashford 2: – Week 1 – Discussion 2

Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Reference the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

Scholarly Research

Using the Ashford University Library, find a scholarly business research article on a topic you may want to write about for your final paper.

Sample topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Manufacturing Quality/Cost Improvement
  • Service Quality Improvement
  • Systems Design
  • Accounts Receivable/Billing/Accounts Receivable Aging
  • Marketing/Advertising Issues
  • Sales of Goods
  • Investments
  • Product Safety
  • Workplace Safety
  • Labor Pools
  • Human Resources matters of broad concern
  • Population Studies

Use the Library Research Tips Tutorial to help you complete this assignment. The tutorial covers what scholarly sources are and how to find them, generating and using keywords, and searching in the best library databases for business research.

Read the scholarly article all the way through before you post. In your post, provide

  • The citation formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center (points will be deducted if APA formatting is incorrect).
  • The article’s research question.
  • The article’s hypothesis.
  • A brief description, in your own words, about how the article answered the research question and tested the hypothesis.
  • Your evaluation of how well the study answered the question and tested the hypothesis.

Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts.

Ashford 2: – Week 1 – Assignment

Research Project – Week One Each week’s assignment in this class will lead up to the Research Project in Week Six. Before you work on Week One’s assignment, preview the Research Project in Week Six so you understand the final outcome of this project. Also, read this week’s lecture. If you are having a difficult time choosing your topic, please contact your instructor before the assignment is due for assistance.

In a one- to two-page paper (not including the title and references pages), provide the following for your Research Project – Week One:

  • Provide background information about your Research Project. (Why have you decided to do this research?)
  • Describe the management dilemma. (What is the problem you are trying to solve with this research?)
  • Develop a research question and hypothesis.
  • Provide a summary of previously conducted scholarly research on similar topics that you can find through the Ashford University Library.

Your paper must be formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. It must include citations and references for the text and at least two scholarly sources from the Ashford University Library that you used as background research.

 

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