Assignment 2.2: Justification Report – Part 2

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In Part 1 of your Justification Report assignment, you built up the following
sections: Problem Statement, Overview of Alternatives, Criteria, and Methods. In
Part 2, you will revise Part 1 based on your instructor’s suggestions and add to
it the following sections: Evaluation of Alternatives, Findings and Analysis,
and References.

Use the basic outline below to draft your paper. Organize
your responses to each question under the following section headings:

  • Evaluation of Alternatives (for Questions 1-3)
  • Findings and Analysis (for Questions 4-5)
  • References (for Question 6)

Write a two (2) page,
single-spaced report in which you:

  1. Research the two (2) alternatives (i.e. possible solutions) that you’ve
    identified in your Part 1 Evaluation of Alternatives section. Record
    bibliographic information during research.

    1. Example: You might research other organizations that have attempted similar
      solutions to the problem you have identified and explore the results of those
      experiments. 
  2. Use what you discover in your research to evaluate each alternative by each
    of your five (5) criteria.

    1. Example: If your research revealed that four companies similar to yours
      increased productivity after allowing their workers to telework from home three
      days per week, you might conclude that one of your suggested alternatives – in
      this case, the option to telework from home three days per week – satisfies one
      of your criterion of “Productivity” as a high-potential solution to a problem
      you’ve identified (of decreased worker morale and productivity at Doe’s
      Electronics). However, additional research might frustrate a recommendation of
      this alternative if it is found to fall short of other criteria while a second
      alternative fares better. For instance, a telework alternative might be found to
      be too costly to implement; too frustrating for consumers who prefer daily,
      in-person customer service; or too divergent from the company’s brand, “Always
      there for you!”
  3. Organize the assignment by your criteria. Explain in narrative form how each
    of your two (2) alternatives stacks up against your first criterion. Next,
    explain how each alternative stacks up against your second criterion, etc.

    1. Example: An abbreviated outline of what this longer section might look like
      based on the above example is below (Note: Only the first two
      [2] of five [5] required criteria are included to give you a feel for the
      structure). Your researched findings, represented as circled bullets below,
      should be explained in two to five (2-5) sentences. Include in-text citations
      and follow up with References in APA style):

      Evaluation of
      Alternatives

      • Productivity
        • Alternative A: Telework from home 3 days per week
          • {narrate findings based on research article 1 here}
        • Alternative B: Offer two extra Floating Holidays to each employee per year
          • {narrate findings based on research article 2
            here}
      • Cost
        • Alternative A: Telework from home 3 days per week
          • {narrate findings based on research article 1 here}
        • Alternative B: Offer two extra Floating Holidays to each employee per
          year
          • {narrate findings based on research article 2
            here}
  4. Briefly summarize in narrative form the major discoveries that emerged from
    the Evaluation of Alternatives section.
  5. Include a chart like the ones below to illustrate at a glance:

    Figure
    1: Alternatives Analyzed by Criteria

    Criteria

    Telework
    Option

    Floating Holiday
    Option

    Productivity

    Very
    high

    Negligible
    increase

    Cost

    Very
    high

    Moderate

    Company
    Image

    Increased

    Negligible
    increase

    Worker
    Morale

    Increased

    Negligible
    increase

    Practicality

    Moderate

    Low

    TOTAL
    Feasibility* of Alternatives based on Criteria?

    Moderate to
    High

    Low to
    Moderate

    *Feasability = Capability
    of an alternative being carried out with success

  6. Include an APA style (6th edition) References page that documents the two
    (2) sources (minimum) that you used and cited in-text in your Evaluation of
    Alternatives section.  Note that both resources may be secondary resources, or
    you may include one primary source and one secondary source. Remember that both
    in-text citations and References must be included (to avoid plagiarism) whenever
    you are directly quoting, summarizing, or paraphrasing researched
    material.

Your assignment must:

  • Be typed, single spaced,
    using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides;
    citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with
    your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, your name, the
    professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the
    reference page are not included in the required assignment page
    length.

The specific course
learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Support ideas or claims in body paragraphs with clear details, examples, and
    explanations.
  • Organize ideas logically by using transitional words, phrases, and
    sentences.
  • Use sentence variety and effective word choice in written
    communication.
  • Apply writing process strategies to develop formal business reports and / or
    proposals.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues related to
    selected topics.
  • Write clearly and concisely using proper writing mechanics.

Consider the
feedback from your professor and / or online tutor when making your
revisions.

Click here to view the grading rubric.

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