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This guide will help in doing your research for the capstone course of the Integrative Leadership major.

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Research as Inquiry


Business research, really any research, starts with problems and questions. The spectrum of inquiry ranges from asking simple questions (such as “who is the CEO of that company?”) to more complex proposals requiring increasingly sophisticated contextual understanding and refined business saavy (such as “how might dwindling natural resources affect economic trends in a particular industry and region?”).  Research is iterative and involves asking more complex questions or even new questions as you go.  

Research Suggestions:

  • Deal with complex research by breaking complex questions into simple ones, limiting the scope of investigations
  • Use various research methods, based on need, circumstance, and type of inquiry
  • Synthesize ideas gathered from multiple sources
  • Seek multiple perspectives during information gathering and assessment
  • Follow ethical and legal guidelines in gathering and using information

Information is rarely comes neatly packaged and presented precisely to fit one’s needs.  Patience and persistence are key habits.


Best Workplace Definition

There are organizations that specialize in helping other organizations assess and improve their internal structures and relationships.  In helping these organizations become better or best workplace organizations, three key relationships are studied: 

  • employee-to-management
  • employee-to-company
  • employee-to employee

A Best Workplace Organization is one where all three relationships are healthy, and value-based policies and procedures are continually evaluated, added and/or deleted to build and strengthen those relationships.

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