Topics There will be a research essay assignment for Units 8. Complete the answers to the questions.

Topics

There will be a research essay assignment for Units 8. Complete the answers to the questions below in a Word document and submit them by Sunday night. You need to include outside evidence and documentation to support your answers; that is why these are research essays, and not just a “take home exam.” The quality of your research directly affects your grade.

The answers to these assignments should be complete, well organized, and consist of 3-5 typed, double spaced pages for each question. See the Essay Paper Rubric on the Rubrics page under Course Information.

Choose one of Porter’s generic business strategies: (a) broad cost leadership; (b) focused cost leadership; (c) broad differentiation; (d) focused differentiation. Discuss how choosing that business strategy will affect staffing strategy relative to the factors considered in staffing models and staffing strategy.

Based on the business strategy chosen in topic 1 above, how will that strategy affect your planning efforts in terms of human resource planning, staffing planning, and diversity planning?

Based on the business strategy chosen in topic 1 above: (a) Name one substantive assessment method that you would use, and explain why; (b) Discuss what you would do to maximize the reliability and validity of the decision process.

Rubric

Final Research Essays Rubric

Final Research Essays Rubric

Criteria Ratings Pts This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeInterpretation & Critical Analysis 20.0 pts The response skillfully interprets and analyzes the question in an insightful original manner and is edited to summarize the answer via short worksheets or essay answers. 18.0 pts The response sufficiently interprets and analyzes the question in adequate ways, though may lack originality and insight. Answers are longer because they are not edited as clearly and not reviewed as carefully. 16.0 pts The response interprets and analyzes the question in a predictable manner, summarizing ideas, rather than suggesting insights. 13.0 pts The response neither interprets nor analyzes question related information; the write up is too long since it is not as summarized. 20.0 pts This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeFocus 20.0 pts The response tightly focuses on key problem ideas or themes. 18.0 pts The response sufficiently focuses on a key idea or theme of the question. 16.0 pts The response sufficiently focuses on key ideas or themes but may wander from focus. 13.0 pts The response fails to focus on key question ideas or themes. 20.0 pts This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeDevelopment with use of adequate support (text & outside sources) 16.0 pts The response is extremely well developed, using clear, applicable examples closely linked to the question’s interpretation. Quotations conform to APA format requirements. 14.0 pts The response is sufficiently developed using examples that are linked to the question’s interpretation, though it may lack sufficient development. Quotations conform to APA format requirements. 12.0 pts The response is underdeveloped and contains insufficient relevant examples about the question, or are not clearly linked to its interpretation. Quotations do not conform to APA format requirements. 9.0 pts The response lacks development and examples. It contains no quotations. 16.0 pts This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeTechnical 10.0 pts Response is clearly written with strong style and conforms to conventions of standard written English 9.0 pts Response is adequately written and conforms to conventions of standard written English. 8.0 pts Response contains multiple errors not conforming to conventions of standard written English. 6.0 pts Response does not conform to conventions of standard written English. 10.0 pts Total Points: 66.0

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