Students are required to complete a short/abbreviated research paper (body of the paper to be three pages) with a separate page at the end for the reference list (total paper to be four pages). Choose one of the organizational behavior topics listed below for your paper to address:

Employee Engagement
Organizational Commitment
Leader-Member Exchange
Managing Emotions
Organizational Change

Grading Criteria for the Paper:

A grading rubric will be used to assess research papers. The following criteria will be used to guide the grading of the research papers:

Content, Discussion, & Integration of Original Thinking (Possible 6 points)
Organization and Structure (Possible 3 points)
Formatting (Possible 3 points)
Grammar, Punctuation, & Spelling (Possible 3 points)
Appropriate Sources/Resources Cited (Possible 2 points)
Total Possible Points (17)


1. The body of the paper should be very concise (3 total pages), double spaced, using 12 pt. font. The paper must also follow APA guidelines (with the following exceptions : No Title Page or Abstract is required).

2. Papers to be posted in Canvas by the deadline specified in the assignment. Note: When students submit their work, it will automatically be checked by Turnitin. The “similarity” percentage should not exceed 20% (green color). Note that it is best to primarily use your own thoughts when writing and to paraphrase source material rather than using direct quotes.

 However, you still need to support your work with APA style source citations in the body of the paper and a reference page. Therefore, you should expect to see some measure of similarity given the use of sources from previously published academic articles and similar works.

The following free resources from Purdue OWL may be helpful in preparing your paper:
APA style and referencing
Formal academic writing
3. The paper must include a reference section, and appropriately cite (using APA guidelines) a minimum of 3 outside resources, comprised of peer-reviewed journal articles/scholarly business journals. The use of the course textbook as a resource/reference should be avoided or very minimal. Wikipedia is not considered an acceptable source for the purpose of this paper. The Troy University Library has excellent databases for you to access literature for the paper.

The format for the paper should be as follows:
At the top, left corner of page 1 of the paper, please include the following information, in this format 


Email Address(es)

Course Number


Paper Title

Introduction (a summary of what you plan to address or cover in the paper)

Concise/Abbreviated Literature Review (a short overview of the concept, including definitions)

Concise Discussion of Practical Implications (what can leaders/organizations do to enhance/increase/improve in regard to the concept you chose? It is important that students provide justification for suggestions offered in this section. (For example, if you choose to write about Employee Engagement, describe/suggest strategies that leaders can undertake to improve the likelihood that higher levels of Employee Engagement will be observed in the workplace. Again, these suggestions should be justified, and, if possible, supported by outside literature sources/research)

Conclusion (a synopsis of the paper and any concluding remarks)

Reference List (all works cited in the paper should be listed in this section and should follow appropriate APA format guidelines)

Papers should reflect a clear understanding of the chosen topic. Excessive use of direct quotes should be avoided. Plagiarism, or simply copying content from journal articles and other outside sources will not be accepted. Instead, students should read the articles and content in other outside sources, and then summarize the essence or meaning in their own words (i.e., paraphrase).