The ROL academic paper

MBA 525 – Review of Literature

Assignment Description

You are required to write a 15-page (minimum), double-spaced Review of Literature (ROL) on an

instructor-approved topic related to the course. The ROL is an academic paper following APA writing and

citation guidelines. The paper includes a critical analysis of the relationship among different works

(articles). You must use at least 10 scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles to build your ROL.


The general purpose for writing a literature review is to critically analyze and summarize the published

knowledge related to a specific narrowed topic. Most reviews summarize, classify, and compare and

contrast the information found in peer-reviewed journal articles. A well-written ROL should identify the

thought leaders in the given field as well as present a clear idea of what is known, not known, and still

needs to be known.


No earlier than the beginning of Module 3, and no later than the conclusion of Module 5, the instructor

must approve your proposed topic for the ROL. Topic submission must include a specific purpose

statement and two supporting peer-reviewed journal article citations in APA format. Submit this to your

instructor via email. The earlier your topic is approved, the more time you will have to complete the


When selecting your topic, review those covered in the Corporate Communications textbook and the

module materials. Your ROL topic must relate directly to the course material. Be certain that your topic is

timely, represents contemporary business issues, and is of interest to you and your career path. You will

find that with timely, current topics that the discussion is still being debated by authors and researchers.

The final paper must adhere to APA 6th edition writing style and format, including title page, abstract and

citation page (references). It must be a minimum of 15 pages, double-spaced, and reference at least 10

scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles.

Review process

Similar to primary research, development of the literature review requires four stages:

• Problem formulation—which topic or field is being examined and what are its component issues?

• Literature search—finding materials relevant to the subject being explored.

• Data evaluation—determining which literature makes a significant contribution to the

understanding of the topic.

• Analysis and interpretation—discussing the findings and conclusions of pertinent literature.

Literature reviews should comprise the following elements:

• An overview of the subject, issue, or theory under consideration, along with the objectives of the

literature review.

• Division of works under review into categories (e.g. those in support of a particular position, those

against, and those offering alternative theses entirely).

• Explanation of how each work is similar to and how it varies from the others.

• Conclusions as to which pieces are best considered in their argument, are most convincing of

their opinions, and make the greatest contribution to the understanding and development of their

area of research.

In assessing each piece, consideration should be given to:

• Provenance—What are the author’s credentials? Are the author’s arguments supported by

evidence (e.g. primary historical material, case studies, narratives, statistics, recent scientific


• Objectivity—Is the author’s perspective even-handed or prejudicial? Is contrary data considered

or is certain pertinent information ignored to prove the author’s point?

• Persuasiveness—Which of the author’s theses are most/least convincing?

• Value—Are the author’s arguments and conclusions convincing? Does the work ultimately

contribute in any significant way to an understanding of the subject?

(Derived from material created by UC Santa Cruz University Library. Used with permission.)

Statement on graduate-level writing requirements

Your writing reflects your ideas and communicates your understanding of the topic to the instructor. This

assignment will be graded on the composition elements listed below, as well as your understanding of

the content:

Successful graduate-level writing should demonstrate

• Proofreading skills

• Correct grammar and punctuation

• Logical organization

• Proper content presentation (introduction, body, conclusion)

• Correct formatting for citations, references, and headings

• Correct and consistent use of APA style and formatting

Assignment Submission

Submit the Review of Literature to Chalk and Wire no later than Sunday 11:59 EST/EDT of Module 7.

The Review of Literature Chalk and Wire link is located in the Module 7 folder. Students who do not

submit the assignment to Chalk and Wire will receive a zero. This is a key program assessment; the

results are used to ensure students are meeting program goals. Video and PDF instructions can be found

on the course home page. PDF instructions are also located in the St