1. You will post information about two to three topics you are considering for your research proposal.
  2. Include the definition of your topic, why it is important in business, where you will find additional information, and possible solutions to bring about positive change in an organization in relation to your topic.
  3. Post your information and then discuss two or more postings from your fellow classmates. In responding to your classmates, give them advice on gathering information, possible ways of making improvements, etc.


The research proposal is an overview of the subject you plan on exploring for your short research report.  You can define your subject, discuss your personal experiences related to that subject, list myths and misconceptions, explain what you need to research, discuss the impact on business, look at ways to educate on this topic, etc.

  1. Write your research proposal following the basic memo format.
  2. Write about one diversity related topic that is mentioned in the textbook.
  3. Attach your proposal to this drop box as a .doc, .docx, or .rtf.

October 16, 2013 TO: ENG1131 Class FROM: Aaron Moyer, ENG1131 Instructor AM SUBJECT: Proposal to Raise Awareness about the Downside of Multi-Tasking Overview Multi-tasking is doing two or more “tasks” at the same time. This practice is also referred to as juggling different jobs or projects. Most people are proud of their multi-tasking skills, but there is a downside to asking workers to work simultaneously on differing projects in a short span of time. Issues Here are the problems that arise: confusion, setting priorities, lower quality work, lack of expertise, and burn-out. Some training, education, and workshops would help improve in this area. By having a company-wide effort to support focused work on projects, the quality of our products and services could increase greatly. Also, employees would be able to go deeper into solving problems and creating new products and services. Just raising awareness alone will not change the corporate culture. Research Multi-tasking relates to time management, setting priorities, building expertise, stress management, and quality measures. The research needed to support this proposal will be primarily web-based research and some types of experiential research: observation, interviews, surveys, etc. There are several pages in the textbook, Business Communications: Building Critical Skills, that discuss this topic. Audience This effort would be geared toward those who are juggling multiple, terminal projects and new initiatives. This does not have any bearing on workers who are doing multiple, repetitive tasks. Call to Action I’m happy to provide more details if that will help you in making a decision. I await your decision on whether I can move forward with this research.
You are preparing to write a research proposal that will lead to a short research report. The topics you can use for this report should come from the textbook that deal with diversity in the workplace and the subsequent issues. This is a proposal that will also feed into the short research report and presentation coming up. Look at this as educating your “office” on some important topic related to the workplace, workers, clients, etc. Your report will be educational while making recommendations for improvement and/or change. Here are grading criteria for the research proposal. 1. Type this as a memo and address it to your instructor. 2. Include headings in the memo: Overview (topic, definition, and background information), Issues (business related problems related to topic), Research (types of sources to support research), Audience (who needs to know this), and Call to Action (conclusion and request to move forward). 3. Be precise in your writing and get to the point. Provide necessary details. 4. Check your spelling and grammar. 5. Proposal should not exceed one page. 6. Topic should be researchable and lead into the short research report where you will be making recommendations for improvement.