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Concept Paper Title- "Are non-profit organizations adopting for-profit marketing practices in order to compete in markets with for-profit organizations?" Introduction The concept paper takes the information from the Ten Strategic Points and begins the process of adding breadth and depth. An expanded version of the concept paper could become Chapter 1 of the dissertation proposal. It is important that the Ten Strategic Points document is aligned in each section as the alignment will ensure the research is doable. Write the concept paper in future tense as it contains a discussion of future research. The introduction of the concept paper should be one or two paragraphs and provide a broad description of the research focus. The introduction should contain a discussion of how the study is new or different from previous research. Finally, the introduction should contain a discussion of how this research will extend previous research. Citations must accompany the introduction of the study. Background of the Problem The background section of the concept paper should contain a discussion of the how the problem developed. The background section should take a historical perspective demonstrating how the research gap developed over time by discussing the theoretical framework, relevant past and current research in order to clearly identify the research gap. The background section should be two or three paragraphs. Cite all appropriate sources. Theoretical Foundations and Review of the Literature Theoretical Foundations This subsection contains a brief discussion of the theory(ies), concept(s), or model(s) that frames the research. Citations justify the selected theory, concept, or model. Additionally, discuss how the theory, model, or concept informs the research problem. This subsection should be one or two paragraphs. Review of the Literature This subsection contains a brief overview of current research related to the important themes surrounding the research. For example, if one were doing a quantitative study, using the variables that one would measure in the study would represent important themes. If one were doing a qualitative study, using terms related to the phenomenon would represent important themes. Each theme should have a paragraph with citations and identify the theme?s relevance to the research topic. Problem Statement This section should begin with the problem statement from the Ten Strategic Points document. The problem statement clearly and concisely states the research problem. The problem statement should be easily identifiable as a gap in the research based on the discussion in the Background of the Problem section (that is, they must align). The problem statement section should contain a discussion of the significance, magnitude, and importance of the problem that makes this study worthwhile. Citations should accompany the discussion. This section should be one paragraph. Purpose of the Study This section flows directly from the problem statement and provides a clear and concise declaration of the purpose of the study. The section should begin ? ?The purpose of this (qualitative, quantitative, or mixed method) study is to (describe, improve, predict, or examine)? ?. From the purpose statement, the reader should be able to discern the research method (qualitative, quantitative, or mixed), the variables or phenomenon to be studied, the target population, and the general geographic. Use the templates below to complete the purpose statement. Creswell (2009) provides some sample templates for developing purpose statements aligned with the different research methods (qualitative/quantitative/mixed) as follows: The purpose of this qualitative ______________(case study, ethnography) is to _________ (understand, describe, explore, develop) the ____________________ (phenomenon being studied) for _______ (participants) at ________________(research site/geographical location). At this stage in the research, the __________________ (central phenomenon being studied) will be generally be defined as ___________ (provide a general definition). The purpose of this quantitative ___________ (correlational, descriptive, etc.) research is to ____________ (compare or see to what degree a relationship exists) between/among ______________________(independent variable ) to ___________________(dependent variable) for ________________ (participants) at ___________________(research site/geographical location). The independent variable ________ will be defined/measured as/by _______(provide a general definition). The dependent variable will be defined/measured as/by ______ (provide a general definition). The purpose of this mixed methods study will be to explore participant views with the intent of using this information to develop and test an instrument with a sample from a population. The first phase will be a qualitative exploration of _______________ (central phenomenon) by collecting _____ (data) from _____ (participants) at __________ (geographical location/research site). The second phase will use a quantitative research method. Themes from this qualitative data will be developed into an instrument (or an ______ instrument will be used) to (related, compare) ________ (the independent variable) with _________ (dependent variable) for _________ sample of population) at __________ (geographical research site). Overall, the purpose statement section should be one paragraph. Research Questions This section contains the research questions that the researcher will be answering by conducting the study. The research questions should align directly with the problem statement. One recommendation is to copy and paste the problem statement and rephrase it so that it becomes a question. This would be the primary research question (R1). Secondary research questions stem from the primary research question (R2, R3, etc.). Please note that quantitative studies require a hypothesis and null hypothesis for each research question. Qualitative studies do not require a hypothesis or null hypothesis. Mixed method studies require a hypothesis and null hypothesis for each research question. Following is the format for listing the research questions for a quantitative study or mixed method study. For a qualitative study, eliminate the hypotheses. R1 H1 H0 R2 H2 H0 Significance of the Study This section contains a discussion of why this research is important for filling the research gap and the significance of the study with regard to the theory, concept, or model that frames the research. The discussion should also include an overview of how this study relates to other studies and will affect the real world. The section should be one paragraph. Research Methodology This section should contain a discussion of the research methodology (quantitative, qualitative, mixed-method) selected to conduct the research. Citations from peer-reviewed journal articles should accompany a discussion of the rationale for the selection of this methodology. This section should be one paragraph. Research Design This section should contain a discussion of the selected research design and how it aligns with the research methodology. Citations from peer-reviewed journal articles should accompany a discussion of the rationale for the selection of this research design. This section should be one paragraph. Instrumentation or Sources of Data This section should identify the specific instrument(s) the researcher will employ to collect data. Use Instrumentation heading if it is a quantitative methodology. The instrument should be specifically identified and contain a brief discussion of its validity and reliability. Cite appropriate sources. Use Sources of Data as a heading if it is a qualitative methodology. Sources of data could include observations, interviews, documents, or questionnaires for example. Use both if it is a mixed methodology. This section should contain one or two paragraph. Data Collection Procedures This section should contain a detailed description of the target population and estimated sample size, which includes the people or organization who represent the focus of the study. The section should also contain an overview of the systematic process the researcher will employ to collect data. This section should be one or two paragraphs. Data Analysis Procedures This section provides an overview of the process the researcher will employ to analyze the data. For quantitative research, the discussion should include the statistical analyses and possible software the researcher will use to analyze the data. For qualitative research, the discussion should include the type of analysis and possible software the researcher will use to analyze the phenomenon under study. This section should be one or two paragraphs. Ethical Considerations This section contains a discussion of anticipated ethical issues surrounding the research including the way the researcher will protect human subjects, how anonymity will be preserved, and how the data will be protected. The section should include a discussion of necessary IRB approval necessary to conduct the research. The section should be one paragraph. ? References

 

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