Now that you have determined a research problem worth studying and you have provided a background to the problem, it is time to create your problem statement and purpose statement for the study. If you chose the qualitative Critical Thinking Assignment in Week 1, you will want to stick with the qualitative Critical Thinking Assignments at this point as well. Your problem statement needs to be very specific and very narrow in scope. It must directly align with the research topic and background of the study that you wrote about in Week 1. This should be no more than one paragraph, and it should include one to two sentences from outside sources regarding what the problem is, as well as a general problem statement (overall general problem) and a specific problem statement (narrowed down in focus and scope for your specific proposal).
You will then create a purpose statement for your proposed study that states what the purpose of the study is, who the participants are, what the geographic location is for the study, what your planned methodology is for the study, and how the study will help applied business. You must make sure that your purpose statement directly aligns to/addresses the problem statement.
Your paper should be 1-2 pages in length (excluding cover page and references) and formatted according to the CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA (Links to an external site.). Be sure to discuss and reference concepts taken from the assigned textbook reading and relevant research. You must include a minimum of three credible, academic or professional references beyond the text or other course materials. Review the grading rubric to see how you will be graded for this assignment.