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Business Research Paper Titles

A 10-page paper will not seem such a great deal of work if you have a broad and interesting topic to explore throughout it. Business is rich in such topics. Here are several examples:

  • Workplace diversity.
  • Examine the policies used by companies to promote diversity in the workplace. Assess the positive effects from their implementation (e. g. increased productivity, job satisfaction, and loyalty) and possible problems. Discuss whether governmental regulation of workplace diversity does more good or bad.

  • Pay-performance link.
  • Review the theoretical basis of performance-based pay. Discuss main methods of linking employee payments to their performance. Find out which of these practices are most efficient today and why.

  • Business ethics.
  • Identify primary ethics concerns in a specific industry and the means companies can use to address them. Alternatively, you may compare business ethics laws in different countries, or investigate the reasons that corporate ethics policies do not work and offer ways for improvement.

  • Public-private partnerships.
  • Explore the history of partnerships between the government and private companies in your state. Identify the main advantages and disadvantages of this form of collaboration for both parties and for the public. Suggest the ways to make public partnerships more transparent and efficient.

  • Small business strategy.
  • Discuss the specific challenges of managing a small enterprise. Identify the features that all successful small companies share and suggest a course of action for a small business founder that can increase the likelihood of success.

  • Franchising.
  • Provide a brief overview of the history and main forms of franchising. Compare and contrast buying a franchise and launching a startup as two ways to start your own business. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of both approaches and conclude which one can work better in which cases.

  • Business deregulation.
  • Investigate the arguments for and against business deregulation in your state and decide which side is right. Another way is to compare and contrast business regulation policies in two countries and find out which effects governmental regulations has on their economies.

  • Management techniques.
  • Discuss a popular management technique, such as “management by walking around.” Explore its theoretical basis, history of implementation, beneficial and adverse effects. You may also compare two management techniques side by side.

  • Business leadership training.
  • Begin with a brief overview of the business leadership concept and schools. Choose the leadership training approach that you consider to be the most efficient. Explain your choice.

  • Word-of-mouth in the digital age.
  • Discuss the use of such a powerful marketing instrument as “word-of-mouth” is in the digital era. Point out the key opportunities and challenges for companies.

    The following parameters can be used to help you formulate a suitable research paper title:

    1. The purpose of the research
    2. The scope of the research
    3. The narrative tone of the paper [typically defined by the type of the research]
    4. The methods used to study the problem

    The initial aim of a title is to capture the reader’s attention and to highlight the research problem under investigation.

    Create a Working Title

    Typically, the final title you submit to your professor is created after the research is complete so that the title accurately captures what has been done. The working title should be developed early in the research process because it can help anchor the focus of the study in much the same way the research problem does. Referring back to the working title can help you reorient yourself back to the main purpose of the study if you find yourself drifting off on a tangent while writing.

    The Final Title

    Effective titles in academic research papers have several characteristics that reflect general principles.

    • Indicate accurately the subject and scope of the study,
    • Rarely use abbreviations or acronyms unless they are commonly known,
    • Use words that create a positive impression and stimulate reader interest,
    • Use current nomenclature from the field of study,
    • Identify key variables, both dependent and independent,
    • Reveal how the paper will be organized,
    • Suggest a relationship between variables which supports the major hypothesis,
    • Is limited to 5 to 15 substantive words,
    • Does not include redundant phrasing, such as, "A Study of," "An Analysis of" or similar constructions,
    • Takes the form of a question or declarative statement,
    • If you use a quote as part of the title, the source of the quote is cited [usually using an asterisk and footnote],
    • Use correct grammar and capitalization with all first words and last words capitalized, including the first word of a subtitle. All nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs that appear between the first and last words of the title are also capitalized, and
    • Rarely uses an exclamation mark at the end of the title.

    The Subtitle

    Subtitles are frequently used in social science research papers. Examples of why you may include a subtitle:

    1.  Explains or provides additional context, e.g., "Linguistic Ethnography and the Study of Welfare Institutions as a Flow of Social Practices: The Case of Residential Child Care Institutions as Paradoxical Institutions." [Palomares, Manuel and David Poveda. Text & Talk: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Language, Discourse and Communication Studies 30 (January 2010): 193-212]

    2.  Adds substance to a literary, provocative, or imaginative title or quote, e.g., "Listen to What I Say, Not How I Vote": Congressional Support for the President in Washington and at Home." [Grose, Christian R. and Keesha M. Middlemass. Social Science Quarterly 91 (March 2010): 143-167]

    3.  Qualifies the geographic scope of the research, e.g., "The Geopolitics of the Eastern Border of the European Union: The Case of Romania-Moldova-Ukraine." [Marcu, Silvia. Geopolitics 14 (August 2009): 409-432]

    4.  Qualifies the temporal scope of the research, e.g., "A Comparison of the Progressive Era and the Depression Years: Societal Influences on Predictions of the Future of the Library, 1895-1940." [Grossman, Hal B. Libraries & the Cultural Record 46 (2011): 102-128]

    5.  Focuses on investigating the ideas, theories, or work of a particular individual, e.g., "A Deliberative Conception of Politics: How Francesco Saverio Merlino Related Anarchy and Democracy." [ La Torre, Massimo. Sociologia del Diritto 28 (January 2001): 75 - 98]

    6.  Identifies the methodology used, e.g. "Student Activism of the 1960s Revisited: A Multivariate Analysis Research Note." [Aron, William S. Social Forces 52 (March 1974): 408-414]


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