Research Paper: Instructions and Expectations

This assignment requires you to conduct independent research and study of a project management topic of your choice with the objective of responding to a research question. Below are the major milestones of the project:


The paper must be based on a topic relative to the course subject matter with the focus on investigating a specific research question. This effort should require approximately five to seven pages of written text. The following content structure is recommended:

  • Cover Page (not included in page count)
  • Introduction (approximately 1 page ending with a focused research question statement)
  • Review of Relevant Literature – Literature should be current within five years. (length as needed)
  • Analysis – Critical Thinking (length as needed)
  • Conclusions and Response to the Research Question (approximately 1 page)
  • Reference Page (not included in page count)

Some research questions for consideration are:

  • How can a project manager minimize the project life cycle impacts of engineering design changes issued during the execution phase?
  • How do project management ethics influence success or failure of a project?
  • What are the major challenges associated with organizing and managing a project team?

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