Activity 1
Section 1: Investigation of the Problem

Cooper, D., & Schindler, P. (2011). Business research methods. 11th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Higher Education. ISBN-13: 9780073373706

References used for research need to be peer reviewed/scholarly journals which can be found by searching the Northcentral University databases. These journals typically have the following characteristics:
- Articles are reviewed by a panel of experts before they are accepted for publication.
- Articles are written by a scholar or specialist in the field.
- Articles report on original research or experimentation.
- Articles are often published by professional associations.
- Articles utilize terminology associated with the discipline.

Information literacy is a set of skills that help you to find and appropriately apply information. The Northcentral University Library has developed a tutorial based on the ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries) Information Literacy Standards and is intended to raise awareness on how one effectively interacts with information. Review the Information Literacy Tutorial to become familiar with information literacy at Northcentral.

The research process is used to discover, explore, expand, verify, and communicate knowledge. Learners will use a systematic approach to evaluate a safe, environmentally appropriate, and ethical topic for research by crafting a problem statement relevant to the expansion of knowledge in their specific business specialization. A good problem statement should: (a) be business related, (b) be related to the area of specialization, (c) be related to the Learner’s area of interest, (d) expand and extend current research regarding the topic, (e) be of theoretical and social concern, and (f) extend knowledge in the field.

Required Reading:
Cooper, D., & Schindler, P. (2008). Chapters: 1, 3, 4.

Demir, T. (2008).
Portillo, S. (2007, Winter).

Assignment 1 Paper - Existing Research Analysis
The ability to analyze existing research by comparing and contrasting existing knowledge in the field of specialization is of importance as the Learner begins to analyze the format, vernacular, and construction of existing research studies, and synthesize the ideas into a new body of research.

Analyze Existing Research
Analyze 3-5 research studies that represent current topics that are invaluable to your field of specialization. Analyze the peer-reviewed journal articles listed above, or find peer-reviewed journal articles using the Northcentral University research library, or another equivalent research library. As you read these articles consider what topics are of particular interest to you. For this activity write a brief paper reviewing the articles you have read, identifying a topic of interest you would like to further research for this course and defending it’s importance based on the articles you reviewed.

Length: 5-7 pages (app. 350 words per page)

Your essay should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts that are presented in the course and provide new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards.

Learning Outcomes: 1, 2
Assignment Outcomes
Evaluate theoretical and conceptual knowledge in the field of Public Administration.
Evaluate professional applications in the field of Public Administration.

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Public administration in the United States has had a long and varied history. Since the beginning of the 20th century underlying principle has been that of a meritocracy. Government workers were hired for their expertise rather than their politics. The Progressive movement, with its emphasis on social welfare, was a strong motivating force. Prior to the establishment of the Civil Service, public administration posts were filled by political appointees whose qualifications were their connections to whomever was in power at the time.
The heyday of the public administration bureaucracy began in the 1930’s and continued until the late 1960’s. During that time people held government bureaucrats in high esteem and trusted the government to do a good job, but in 1968 public sentiment about the government swung to distrust. Richard Nixon was able to use that sentiment to win the Presidential election in that year. Moynihan and Ingraham noted that President Jimmy Carter signed the Civil Service Act of 1978 and wrote, “Carter … seemed to accept many of the criticisms that Richard Nixon as made about an unresponsive bureaucracy.” (Moynihan and Ingraham, 2010) The perception of a bloated government bureaucracy has not only persisted but has become more pronounced since then....

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