Introduction and Problem Statement (5 points). The first component of the Human Capital Development Plan (HCDP) ? (See book reference below) provides the background and will include:
This section begins with a few short, succinct introductory paragraphs (approximately one page maximum). The primary goal of the introductory paragraphs is to catch the attention of the readers and to get them "turned on" about the subject. Do not use the ?word? introduction, but rather use the title of the paper as the main heading. If you choose to use another level heading, check APA to see the form and style to follow.
This section sets the stage for the paper and puts your topic in perspective. The introduction often contains dramatic and general statements about the need for the study. It uses dramatic illustrations or quotes to set the tone. When writing the introduction, put yourself in your reader’s position – would you continue reading?
Statement of the Problem
The statement of the problem is the focal point of your research. It is just one sentence (with several paragraphs of elaboration). You are looking for something wrong. ….or something that needs close attention….or existing methods that no longer seem to be working.
Example of a problem statement:
"The frequency of middle managers leaving the organization is creating fear, anxiety, and a loss of productivity in the organization?s personnel."
Actual Statement of the Problem: The ?problem? of student retention in higher education is not just the problem of retention per se, but rather on how institutional leaders think about student retention, completion, and success.
While the problem statement itself is just one sentence, it is always accompanied by several paragraphs that elaborate on the problem. Present persuasive arguments why the problem is important enough to study. Include the opinions of others (academic researchers, futurists, other professionals).
Explain how the problem relates to the business, social or political trends by presenting data that demonstrates the scope and depth of the problem. Try to give dramatic and concrete illustrations of the problem. After writing this section, make sure you can easily identify the single sentence that is the problem statement.
Mandatory Reference: You must use the following text book along with other related references.
Hall, B. W. (2008). The new human capital strategy, improving the value of your most important investment – year after year. New York, NY: Amoco Books.