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Career and Succession Planning Research Paper—Due Week 4

Introduction: The topic for this research paper generally describes a staffing-related functional area that is part of the entire staffing process. It is your job to zero in and create a sub-topic that is of interest or of value to you. There is a substantial list of potential sub-topics listed below this page.

Focus: This is a research paper assignment that will be of interest to most students. You are working towards a Master’s degree because you want to drive your career further and in the direction that you want it to go over time. As a potentially future HR professional it will be part of your role to manage the talent development process. Here is your chance to learn more specifically how a talent development program and succession planning contribute to the strategic success of the organization.

Summary: The topic for this paper is a general topic and you can take the direction around career and succession planning that is of the most interest and value to you as an HR professional. Produce a sub-topic that is important to you. Take the professional perspective. The paper should be, in total, five to eight pages in length.





Title Page

Include the title of your course paper, your name, e-mail address, school name, instructor’s name, date of the submittal, and class (HRM594).



Generally review what this paper is about and what the reader can expect to find inside the pages of this research paper. State the topic and why it is important. Potential topics found at the bottom of this page. The old advice, “tell them what you plan to tell them” applies here.



Describe what specific sources you will use to research this assignment. That will likely include using the DeVry online library to find primary sources, review of documents in the workplace, using the Internet to find respected sources, such as SHRM, professional journals, etc. Explain what you expect to get from these sources.



What is the specific focus of the paper? Describe a problem, situation, real-world case, etc. that causes you to take this direction. See the list of sample topics below. What is the practical relevance of this research paper?


Literature Review

Summarize the scholarly research that you found on the topic. You must use no less than fourresources outside of your textbook. Use primary sources.



What did you learn about the topic, both qualitative and quantitative? This is where you present the model you created or the recommendations that you have for the organization or the proposal that you will present to upper management. This is where you make your argument.



How do you interpret the results of your research as it relates to the specific topic that you addressed in the assignment? How does your research help the organization to improve in some way? How does the organization benefit from your results, the model, the recommendations, etc.? How do you expect things to be better because of your research and recommendations?



You must use no less than six resources outside of your textbook. That includes the four you cited in the Literature Review section of this assignment. Cite all sources. Use the APA style guide. All references must be cited in two places: within the body of your paper and on a separate reference list. Choose references judiciously and cite them accurately.


A quality paper will meet or exceed all of the above requirements.


Example Topics for This Assignment

  1. Prepare a methodology to identify top talents: tools and processes.

  2. Create a corporate-wide development plan for top talents.

  3. Build a career ladder for a particular job family.

  4. Construct a practical model that shows the relationship between development and training and how that can be used to prepare future leaders.

  5. Prepare a practical succession planning process for an organization.

  6. Design an Assessment Center to help provide feedback to existing managers.

  7. Propose a practical mentoring (not coaching) methodology for a corporate executive development program.

  8. Compose a useful behavioral competency model for managers at all levels of the organization: identify the competency, define the competency, level the competencies by manager title, and explain how it could be used in a 360 feedback tool.

  9. You come up with a sub-topic that is of interest to you or of particular value to you or useful to the organization where you work.

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