Introduction: Clearly and concisely define your issue. Capture the reader’s attention, why the research is important and the theoretical basis that you have adopted. Work on the introduction every week but complete it last. Length: one paragraph.
Practical Motivation: Demonstrate, with references where possible, why the issue is important to practice (e.g., to accountants, managers, regulators, the general public). Length: one short paragraph (or it may be integrated with the theoretical motivation below in one paragraph.)
Theoretical Motivation: Provide an overview of the contribution that the research will make to theory (e.g., replicating existing research, testing theory, addressing gaps in existing research, reconciling conflicting results from prior research…) Length: one short paragraph (or it may be integrated with the practical motivation above in one paragraph.) Literature
Review: Build a logical argument for a specific relationship between two variables (i.e., a theoretical framework), using established research published in academic journals. Carefully review the research that has been done on the relationship between these two variables before: clearly define the two variables; explain how these two variables are understood to be linked; and outline the reasons given for why there is a relationship between these two variables.
Critically discuss the strengths and limitations of the existing research and use this to justify the argument for a modification to the theory or a new application of the theory. The argument must lead to a specific prediction (to be stated in the next section) that can be tested. Length: this is the longest part of your proposal, similar to the ‘body’ of other assignments. Hypotheses: Clearly state your testable and falsifiable predictions. Express your hypotheses in the alternative form where appropriate. ( Length: one sentence only. Appendix: Complete summaries for five of your most important journal articles in the following Table (not included in 1500 word count).