VII. Body Chapters (will vary based on the research question) (Part 2: First half of the Body Chapters, Part 3: Second half of the Body Chapters)
• Chapters ordered in a systematic way – chronological, thematic, historical, methodological, and each chapter logically constructed.
• The required scholarly sources (journals, databases, articles, Internet sources) are authoritative and appropriate for the topic and research question.
• Analysis and synthesis of scholarly sources is evident.
• Theories and concepts are adequately identified, explained, and tied back to the thesis statement.
• Sources are timely, sufficiently numerous, and of high quality.
• Quotations are limited and presented effectively and correctly.
• Paraphrasing is being done properly: it is clear where source material ends and the writer’s own words begin.
• What conclusions do you come to based on the data?
• Describe completely the recommendations you are making. Include a statement of recommended action and how it will be accomplished.
• Rationale: Reasons that support the recommendations. Include description of the expected impact on the business and any relevant precedents as well as behavioral science justifications (applied research, theories).
• Calculate and show potential costs and, if possible, return on investment from this project.
• Include a potential implementation plan and timeline.
• Alternatives considered: Describe other solutions considered and reasons they were rejected.
• A short summary of the recommendations.
• Limitations of the study: describe issues that may have limited your study, how you might do the study differently knowing what you know now, and (if applicable) what variables you did not (or could not) include that might have affected your results.
• Suggestions for further research.