Complete: Paper 7 – Final Problem-Solving Researched Proposal ~ Due Thursday, Week 8 (August 8)
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Paper 7: Final Problem-Solving Researched Proposal (20%)
A persuasive researched-based proposal addressed to a specific, named decision maker (that is, a person who has the authority to implement a recommended solution to a specified problem), stating a REAL, managerial problem that affects a group in your local area (NOT a national or international issue of large-scale complexity with no single decision maker). This problem could be in your workplace or school, church, or volunteer organization, or any other entity governed by some specific decision maker who has the authority to approve and implement your recommended solution.
Your proposal must offer an ORIGINAL solution to the decision-maker (not simply endorse a solution some other person or group has advocated), and be presented in at least 3,500 but no more than 5,000 words (for the aggregate “package”), including, in this order:
Graphics/illustrations MUST NOT be on stand-alone pages, only on the page with text that refers to them specifically. NO “clip art” accepted as one of the two required graphics/illustrations, but may be used in addition; graphics/illustrations must contribute something not explained by text alone. Graphics/illustrations created by you should be labeled “(Author)”; those created by you from another source, such as statistics you found in an article, should be labeled: “(Author, derived from Jones 3)” where Jones is the author and the 3 is the page number where input for that graphic is found. More than the maximum of any kind of reference can be used, if necessary – the additional sources just don’t count toward the total of eight in combination required.
“Internet” sources are references found ONLY on the Internet; a newspaper article obtained from the paper’s website counts as a newspaper article, not as an Internet reference. Internet sources MUST be included on the References page, with each entry stating the author (if available), selection title, the home page title, the date of your access, the date of publication, in addition to the URL (in the order specified by the APA guidelines). Researched sources in this proposal are used to (1) prove that there IS a problem, (2) prove that inaction will impact lives negatively, (3) prove that the proposed solution is feasible, and/or (4) prove that the recommended action will eliminate the problem.
Neither the Letter of Transmittal (or Routing Slip) or Title page contain page numbers.
The Executive Summary through the List of Illustrations are lower case Roman numerals.
The first page of the report is not numbered.
Page two of the report through the end of the document are labeled with Arabic numerals. Location on the page is up to the writer, but should be consistent. If the pagination feature of your word processor proves too troublesome, simply insert the page numbers manually (followed by a hard-page return to assure that the page numbers appear where they should).
PEER REVIEW of this project will be accomplished by your drafting an Executive Summary in advance of creating this report and sharing the draft Executive Summary in the corresponding Discussion Forum.
Because each problem-solution is unique and each decision maker uniquely placed, there is no “model” for this assignment. The list of components and the order stated form the model for all such approaches to this assignment. The form of your proposal should be tailored to meet the needs of the specific decision maker and thus this proposal becomes a test of your ability to write managerial correspondence designed to change lives.
Please submit your assignment as a Word .doc, .docx or .rtf attachment only to your Assignment folder using the link below or through the Assignments gateway in the blue navbar. Your completed work is due by 11:59 p.m. ET Friday (note date!), Week 8.