Write a 4-5 page analysis providing evidence and a rationale that a selected gap in practice is in fact the root of a business’s problem. Collapse All Introduction A problem in a business environment is something that is adversely affecting the business and must be fixed. A gap in practice is what causes that problem. This assessment helps you recognize a problem and gap in practice in the field of leadership and within a particular business setting. The assessment also asks you to provide sufficient supporting evidence to make a convincing argument that the identified gap in practice is the right one to address. Honing your research skills will play an important part in finding the right literature to support your case. The three identified pairs of problems and gaps in practice in the business stories for Assessment 1 relate to three topics that form current and essential research in leadership. The readings provide background for these topics and, therefore, context for the problems and gaps. The three topics addressed in this assessment are as follows: 1. Advocacy, Influence and Power. 2. Communication Strategies: Developing Leadership Presence. 3. Developing Emerging Leaders. Overview This assessment gives you the chance to articulate a business problem and gap in practice, supported by literature—key steps in your capstone project. It also provides essential skills for practicing leadership in the business world; the business story you draw from for this activity allows you to analyze a problem and gap in a specific business context. Employer Expectations The following skills, which apply to this assessment, frequently appear in articles, job posts, and university reports related to employer expectations of a DBA degree holder: • Identify and analyze potential risks within a company’s corporate strategy, as well as how to propose precautionary steps to mitigate these risks. • Identify causal factors that limit organizational performance. Preparation If you have not done so, practice choosing whether a problem aligns with its gap by completing the activity Practice Aligning Problems and Gaps. For this assessment, you will use one of the following business stories. View each of the stories, then choose one for this assessment—you will use this story for your second assessment as well. Familiarize yourself with the business. Clicking on the links will reveal three problems and gaps in practice labeled for each assessment. 1. Breakthrough Technologies: Business Story. 2. CareLead Medical: Business Story. 3. Kensington Auto Parts: Business Story. Choose one problem and its matching gap from those identified for Assessment 1. Instructions Within your selected business story, choose from the three linked pairs of problems and gaps in practice labeled for this assessment, which relate to the assessment topics. A problem is something that is adversely affecting the business and must be fixed, and its related gap in practice is the cause of the problem. Write a 4–5 page analysis in which you: • State the specific business problem. Then state the gap in practice that is causing your identified problem to occur. • Explain why the gap in practice you identified properly aligns with the selected specific problem. Why is this the right gap instead of another? (If your research leads you to a conclusion about the gap other than the one paired with your problem in the business story, you can provide the rationale for a different gap.) • After researching the gap in practice, discuss how examples of current practitioner literature (at least two articles) provide evidence that your chosen gap in practice is the source of the problem. Then add these sources to your Capstone Literature Matrix [XLSX] Download Capstone Literature Matrix [XLSX], fully completing the matrix categories. • Based on the topic of your problem and gap, identify a project of interest addressing a need (versus a want) that you might observe in your workplace. • Describe why removing your personal biases in the topic and project discovery process is important to identify a need versus a want. • Reflect on your experience with this assessment and share what you learned. Submit your analysis and literature matrix in the assessment area. Be sure to upload both documents before submitting the assessment. Additional Requirements As you complete your assessment, be sure your submission meets the following guidelines: • Capstone Literature Matrix: Submit the completed literature matrix filled for your selected articles. • Written communication: Use error-free, doctoral-level writing, with original (nonplagiarized) content, logical phrasing, and accurate word choices. • APA style and formatting: Format all references and citations according to current APA style and formatting guidelines. • Font and font size: Use a consistent, APA-compliant font, 12 points. • Length: 4–5 double-spaced page analysis plus literature matrix. • File naming protocol: Follow the standard naming conventions for any files you upload. You will find the requirements on the DBA Submissions Requirements page on Campus. Competencies Measured By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and scoring guide criteria: • Competency 1: Create academically sound annotations into a matrix of literature to support business research of problems and practices occurring in the field of leadership. o Make annotations in a literature matrix that convey how the literature provides adequate evidence for the problem, gap, and project need. • Competency 2: Critically integrate existing relevant literature to determine an important and meaningful gap in practice for leadership. o Discuss how examples of current practitioner literature provide evidence that a chosen gap in practice is the source of the problem. • Competency 3: Identify personal bias to create project topics in leadership based on need versus want. o Describe an appropriate business project and the role of removing personal biases in the project discovery process. • Competency 4: Analyze and assess gaps in practice in leadership to consider specific actionable responses to the gaps. o Explain why a gap in practice properly aligns with a specific problem. • Competency 6: Integrate results from multiple sources to formulate a problem and rationalize a business project in the field of leadership. o Use varied sentence structures and correct grammar to convey clear meaning and engage readers. o Apply APA style and formatting to scholarly writing.
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