ORGL-501:  Methods of Organizational Research


Competencies Expected:

Evidence of student mastery of course objectives and outcomes aimed to instill competencies which included: 1) defining and limiting a research topic 2) identifying and effectively reading and synthesizing primary research articles/sources 3) locating, understanding, and working with relevant theoretical models or approaches 4) reducing and focusing scope (in literature and research topic); clarifying focus of research 5) generating defensible research rationales and research questions 6) developing competency in one or more methods relevant to articulated research questions and 7) scholarly writing using American Psychological Association (APA)

Competencies Achieved:

Research plays an integral role in validating and identifying the medical causes of prematurity.  The March of Dimes is a worldwide leader in medical research seeking to uncover the underlying medical risks of prematurity.  In this course I had an opportunity to contribute my own proposed research exploring the relationship between two of my unique passions: servant-leadership and prematurity.  To my surprise I discovered that at this time no formal substantial research has been completed on the role of servant-leadership within a NICU setting.  It is carefully assumed servant-leadership exists though at this time nothing has been formally conducted outlining the specific characteristics of servant-leadership in neonatology. 

Competencies Applied:

 In this course I applied competencies in selecting and refining an original research topic.  Through research I selected twenty-four original pieces of literature and synthesized the research in to a cohesive proposal validated for further research.  Due to the originality of the research topic I selected, exploring the role of servant-leadership within a NICU could be used for further organizational development and application within a hospital setting. 


Artifact Inclusion: 






Association, A. P. (Ed.). (2009). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Ed.). Washington D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Eriksson, P., & Kovalainen, A. (2008). Qualitative methods in business research. Thousand Oaks: Sage.

Fink, A. (2010). Conducting research literature reviews: From the Internet to paper. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Griffin, E. A. (2006). A first look at communication theory. Boston: McGraw-Hill.

Neuman, W. L. (2012). Social research methods: Qualitative and quantitative approaches. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Allyn & Bacon.

Rubin, R. B., Rubin, A. M., & Hardidakis, P. (2010). Communication research: Strategies and sources. Boston, MA: Wadsworth Pub.