Foundation of the Study
Provide an introductory paragraph.
Background of the Problem
The purpose of the background is to introduce the topic and problem you will address. You want to briefly indicate why the problem deserves new research. More important, the doc study must address applied research, so you will want to identify the need to solve an applied business problem. The goal of this section is to encourage readers to continue reading, to generate interest in the study, and provide an initial frame of reference for understanding the entire research framework.
The background can be effectively accomplished in no more than one page; brevity and clarity is essential. The Review of the Literature section will provide a more detailed discussion on the literature pertaining to the topic/problem. Immersing yourself in the literature on your topic/problem is crucial to uncovering a viable business problem. Do not underestimate the importance of the literature in aiding identifying a viable business problem.
The research topic is broad in nature; do not narrow the focus too quickly. You want to give the reader, especially those not familiar with the topic, time to become familiar with the topic. Transition the reader to a more a concise presentation of the specific business topic/problem under study. This component focuses on identifying why the study is important, how the study relates to previous research on the topic/problem, and gives the reader a firm sense of what your study is going to address and why. Include a transition statement that leads to problem statement that will provide more specificity regarding the problem.
A well-written transition signals a change in content. It tells your readers that they have finished one main unit and are moving to the next, or it tells them that they are moving from a general explanation to a specific example or application. A transition from the background to the Problem Statement is often as brief as one sentence, as follows: The background to the problem has been provided, and the focus will now shift to the problem statement. Tip: Many potential business topics/problems can be found in the Area for Future Research section of most peer-reviewed journal articles.