You are required to write a seminar paper on a topic of your choice related to a practice area of your own choice. Your paper must be presented in a conference style format (as opposed to a conventional ‘report’). That means your submission will most likely have the following sections:

  • Title
  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Literature Review
  • Methodology
  • Discussion (this part is important)
  • Conclusion
  • References

Use academic references to support your arguments. Note that you do not need more than approximately 10 quality references. References should be formatted in Harvard style. For information about how to use this style, please see: http://library.unimelb.edu.au/recite/harvard. To determine if a publication is of reasonable quality use the journal ranking list at ABDC for Business/Management journals and COREfor more technical journals.

When deciding your topic of choice for the literature review, consider the following:

  • Is the topic interesting from the point of view of your practice area?
  • What is your strategy for searching for literature? It is advised that you start with a quick search to assess if there are research papers in the area and a more thorough search when you have decided on your topic. As this is an academic paper, Wikipedia is not a credible source.
  • Organise your literature review according to the concepts you would like to present to the reader. Literature reviews are not simply an exercise of identifying the key papers for your topic and listing what these key papers find; it is an exercise in which you look beyond the immediate result of each paper and seek to cluster them according to main concepts and juxtapose the combined learning from papers within a concept cluster.

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