RESEARCH PAPER TOPICS – BA 453 HRM
The primary objective of your paper is to do “research” in a specific area of HRM. Such research requires the formation of a “research question” with a narrow focus to facilitate in-depth exploration and often entails a blend of field and literary research. You can elect to do primarily field or literary research. Some suggested topics are below, but you are encouraged to find one which excites your intellect and/or is relevant to your future business career.
FIELD RESEARCH – requires contacting a company or companies, identifying their current HR policy issues or HR concerns, selecting only one, developing a list of interview questions based on a ...view middle of the document...
4. Identify and critique the practices adopted by a specific company to comply with a specific employment law. Examples are: pregnancy leave, FMLA, affirmative action, sexual harassment, disparate impact, ADA, wage-hour practices, OSHA, workers compensation, unemployment compensation, veteran rights, and ERISA or WARN.
5. Critique a performance management system in a specific company and make recommendations for improvement. Note that this system entails more than performance review. See posted materials.
6. If you have a company for whom you plan to work after graduation, inquire into whether there is a specific HR policy or issue or program that is problematic and critique it. (or some other HRM need you can research for them).
LITERARY RESEARCH – requires an in-depth exploration of the current field of research for a specific area; it is NOT an essay merely expressing your opinion of it.
1. Focus on a specific aspect of an employment law and examine the major case law with implications for HR policy. Examples are: religious accommodation under Title VII, veteran rights in employment, national origin discrimination, age or gender discrimination, etc.
2. Examine the value, legality and ethics of background investigations (factors to be investigated and how they relate to job requirements). To narrow the focus of your research, select one of the areas commonly investigated, e.g., social security verification, criminal records, education credentials, prior work history, credit history, DMV records, etc.
3. Examine a specific stream of employment litigation and its implications for HR policy and pract1ce.
4. Examine one key macro HR concept such as “Organization Design” or...