P1 Produce a research proposal that clearly defines a research question or hypothesis supported by a literature review.

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Unit 11: Research Project “Talent Management” 

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Assignment Brief and Guidance:
Talent management (TM) is the process by which businesses and organisations recognise and develop talented people who can have a positive impact on their organisations and their productivity. It not only has become a key component of human resource management but also the responsibility of leaders and managers at all levels to manage talent within the business, with TM strategies being developed in line with the particular needs and structure of the business and industry. Themes of TM relevant to businesses when considering a strategic approach to talent management include the following:

  • The role of line managers and leaders in employee development and well-being;
  • Talent management being used as a lever for culture change;
  • The importance of contextualising approaches to talent management;
  • The need for new and innovative ways of working to achieve a strategic approach
    to talent management;
  • Barriers for the development of a strategic approach caused by economic and day to-day operational pressures.

Staff retention, training and morale is key in any industry where talented motivated employees can help differentiate one organisation from another and influence business success. An increasing number of businesses are rethinking ways to get the most from their staff. Rising costs, recruitment difficulties and changing employee attitudes mean that, for many employers, the traditional approaches to recruiting, training and retaining staff are being revisited to harness and develop talent and ultimately drive competitive advantage.

Choosing a research topic:
Students are to choose their own research topic for this unit. Strong research projects are those with clear, well focused and defined objectives. A central skill in selecting a research objective is the ability to select a suitable and focused research objective. One of the best ways to do this is to put it in the form of a question. Students are encouraged to discuss a variety of topics related to the theme to generate ideas for a good research objective. 

The range of topics discussed could cover the following:

  • Talent management as a strategic priority
  • The role of talent management frameworks and future implications within
  • Effective talent management strategies for successful organizations
  • The impact of talent management on the role HR
  • Talent management for entrepreneurs and small businesses
  • Best practices in global talent management within multinationals.

The research objective should allow for students to broaden their understanding and widen their perspectives by being able to explore, argue, prove, and disprove a particular objective. They should be feasible, novel, ethical, relevant and ultimately of interest to the student.

  • Students should get the tutor’s approval for any topic chosen for the research under the theme of Talent Management.
  • Students are to choose their own organisations to carry out the research activities.
  • Students should choose a topic related to the theme and from there to generate ideas for good research objective.  This will form the basis of their project.

This unit (Research Project) will be covered in two semesters due to its length and higher credit value. In the first part (this semester), the students are required to complete Research Proposal in the prescribed form. This Task is covered below.

Assignment Tasks:

The Research Proposal should include Research Topic, Aims & Objectives or Research Hypothesis, Rational of the Research, Review of Literature, Research Time plan and Research Approach and Methodology.

Submission Format
Your submission should be presented in the attached forms (Annexure A & B) to the teacher. After approval of these forms, you need to upload them on Moodle. Your report should be referenced using the Harvard referencing system. Please also provide a bibliography using the Harvard referencing system. The recommended word limit is 1,000 (+ /- 10%) words, although you will not be penalised for exceeding the total word limit.

You need to conduct and analyze research on the topic selected and communicate the research findings in the Dissertation format covering the followings.

The final research project should include the following topics:

  • Introduction- Following an introduction, you should clearly write the research topic, research aims & objectives, rationale for your research and research questions.
  • Literature review -Please provide an adequate amount of secondary research with genuine references which is related to your topic of research.
  • Research methodology-Include a discussion of research philosophy, approaches, evaluation of quantitative and qualitative methods used, use of primary and secondary sources, sampling methods and the questionnaires used for the survey.  While discussing your research methods, you need to justify why these research methods are appropriate from the standpoint of costs, access and ethical issues. Add timeline.
  • Data analysis and interpretations- Analyse your primary data using appropriate tools – if you have used a questionnaire, use an excel spreadsheet and show appropriate charts and diagrams. If you have used qualitative research, use appropriate methods such as thematic analysis to analyse the responses. Provide an interpretation to the findings of your research. A good way of interpretation is to link the findings of your research to the findings of other authors that you have reviewed in your secondary research in the literature review section. A copy of your Questionnaire must be embedded in the appendix of the research project - including data sheet you have created from your questionnaire/interview analysis.
  • Research Outcomes- Report a summary of research findings to Stakeholders of the organization you are researching. Your report should include PowerPoint presentation (6-8 slides). Research outcomes generally include research findings, conclusions and recommendation for the organization if any.  Your slides could include a slide each for title; aim, objectives and research questions; major approaches and methodologies adopted; major findings from the research; conclusion and recommendations.
  • Reflection & recommendation for alternative research methodology-Write a reflection on the effectiveness of research methods applied for meeting objectives of the business research project - and a brief consideration of alternative research methodologies and lessons learnt in view of the outcomes.
  • Conclusion as a summary of your entire research project. 
  • Recommendations based on the findings of your research.

Note that your research must provide in-text citation in the body of your research and the list of References and Bibliography as per the Harvard Referencing System.

Note that you must attach:

  • Research proposal must also be attached as an appendix
  •  Hard copies of research Ethics form can be signed and submitted to your lecturer.

Please note that the first 3 topics in the dissertation are from the research proposal.  But learner can improve or add to them on making the final dissertation submission. 

  • Conduct a verbal presentation of the research outcomes to the intended audience that outlines research Aims & objectives, conclusion, recommendations and your reflection on the research process.

Guidance for Students 
You should read this information before starting to define and work through your research brief. You should refer to these instructions as you complete work for this unit.

  • Consider the development of a methodical and valid research proposal as the foundation for the project.
  •  Choose a topic relevant to the prescribed theme and related to your pathways.
  • Stick to the topic as specified on your Proposal form
  • The topic chosen should allow a sufficient and suitable degree of research through the existence of adequate background materials as questionnaires, data collection sheet, excel workouts etc.
  •  A good project proposal title should meet the following criteria: The proposal is one that has an existing body of literature or source material that can be reviewed. The proposal extends a current line of learning that will lend itself to further rigorous exploration.
  • Decide on appropriate research methods and select an appropriate sample size.
  • Ensure that the proposal is ethical, reliable and valid. An ethics form must be submitted prior to commencement of research as part of the research proposal.
  •  Agree the research proposal with your tutor before beginning the research project.
  • Define your research problem or question, this can be stated as a research question, through objectives or as a hypothesis.
  • Provide a literature review giving the background and conceptualization of the proposed area of study. This would provide existing knowledge and the gaps which could be fulfilled by the proposed research.
  • Consider and define research methodology and research process. Demonstrate understanding of the pitfalls and limitations of the methods chosen and ethical issues that might arise.
  • Keep track of findings as you work.
  • Carry out the research, analyze research findings in relation to your original question and draw conclusions. Apply both qualitative and quantitative research methods to evaluate data collected from primary research.
  • Present research outcomes to audiences.
  • Reflect on the success of the Dissertation and evaluate the problems /issues encountered.
  • Ensure you reference your work and follow the Harvard referencing system.
  • At the end, include the references and bibliography.

Ensure to see that all the LO and AC as specified below are addressed in the Proposal and Dissertation. Please note the dissertation is incomplete unless the proposal is approved before the dissertation is submitted.

Submission Format
Your findings should be presented in a Formal Report Format to the Team Leader of the event and should include an overview of different types of organisations and the growth of the international business environment. Your report should be referenced using the Harvard referencing system. Please also provide a bibliography using the Harvard referencing system. The recommended word limit is 3,000 (+ /- 10%) words, although you will not be penalised for exceeding the total word limit.

Grading Criteria
This table outlines requirements for each grade (i.e. Pass, Merit or Distinction).




LO1 Examine appropriate research methodologies and approaches as part of the research process

LO1 & 2

D1 Critically evaluate research methodologies and processes in application to a business research project to justify chosen research methods and analysis.

P1 Produce a research proposal that clearly defines a research question or hypothesis supported by a literature review.

P2 Examine appropriate research methods and approaches to primary and secondary research.

M1 Evaluate different research approaches and methodology and make justifications for the choice of methods selected based on philosophical/ theoretical frameworks.

LO2 Conduct and analyse research relevant for a business research project

P3 Conduct primary and secondary research using appropriate methods for a business research project that consider costs, access and ethical issues.

P4 Apply appropriate analytical tools, analyse research findings and data.

M2 Discuss merits, limitations and pitfalls of approaches to data collection and analysis.

LO3 Communicate the outcomes of a research project to identified stakeholders

D2 Communicate critical analysis of the outcomes and make valid, justified recommendations.

P5 Communicate research outcomes in an appropriate manner for the intended audience.

M3 Coherently and logically communicate outcomes to the intended audience demonstrating how outcomes meet set research objectives.

LO4 Reflect on the application of research methodologies and concepts

D3 Demonstrate reflection and engagement in the resource process leading to recommended actions for future improvement.

P6 Reflect on the effectiveness of research methods applied for meeting objectives of the business research project.

P7 Consider alternative research methodologies and lessons learnt in view of the outcomes.

M4 Provide critical reflection and insight that results in recommended actions for improvements and future research considerations.

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