Project Step 3:
At this stage of your project you should have selected a Canadian or USA based organization, selected a KM topic, done some research and performed an issue analysis and assessment of your organization. For this assignment you need to write a briefing paper on your findings and recommendation.
A briefing paper is a document that is typically written to inform managers about the issues surrounding a particular business problem. Its purpose is to provide them with information to help them to make decisions. To help you make reasoned recommendations, you should flesh out the detail of your organization using the following scenario:
You have been hired by the organization’s Executive Team who wish to be brought up to date on current research and best practices to help them make a knowledge management related decision. You have been tasked with looking further into the research on a KM specific topical issue in order to advise on the advantages and disadvantages, risks and benefits it provides. In particular the Executive team wants to hear the results of your research into the issues and make recommendations.
The briefing paper should include the following:
Executive Summary (about half a page)
• A brief introductory description of the business context (size, location, how long in business, target markets etc.).
• A short statement of what the main KM issue or problem is for the company (in other words, explain why you have been asked to write the briefing paper)
Main body of the paper
• Presentation, explanation, and discussion of your research into the KM topical issue or problem that you have been tasked with.
• Recommendations as to how to proceed (providing justification from your research and identifying risks / strengths of the particular approach you suggest).
IMPORTANT NOTE: relevant research and statistics to back up your assessment of the issue and your recommendations, including current trends and industry best practices must be included throughout the main body of your paper. Remember, your recommendations are only as good as the evidence that you present to back them up. If you simply state your opinion without references to support it, you will definitely lose marks.
Format and Length
• Document laid out as per the description in the syllabus (title page, margins, font, double-spaced). Correct spelling, punctuation and grammar throughout.
• Length: approx. 2500 – 3000 words (excluding appendices and references)
• Include a title page, a table of contents and a short (half page) Executive Summary
• Correctly cited sources (APA 6th ed. format). Anything that did not originate with you needs to be cited. Use the sources to back up your own statements.
Due Date: Before midnight, March 27, 2014
Submission: Via Blackboard (BbLearn).
Length: approx. 2000 – 2500 words, in addition to the title and works cited pages.
Project Step 3: