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Preparing for the Business Research Paper: Getting Started

Purpose and Audience

Consider how your research projects help prepare you for effective business writing. You may be following a structured format such as preparing a business or marketing plan or you may be writing a persuasive paper on a particular business issue.  Here are a few links to help you prepare for a business writing assignment.

Language of Business and Management

The language of business is often very general making it difficult to research a topic.  For example, the term management can be used in multiple contexts. Try to be as specific as possible and always consider synonyms. You may want to try a few key terms, review your results and then change your search.


...Human resource management, job satisfaction, employee benefits, quality of work life, motivation, whistle blowing, teams, selection of employees, employee retention, compensation, employee development, outsourcing, downsizing, women in management, performance evaluation, organizational development, employee relations……….


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