ABRIDGED LITERATURE REVIEW INSTRUCTIONS
Based on your review of the Syllabus Course Description and Learning Outcomes, choose a
related complex topic that is of interest to you, and write an abridged literature review on your
topic. The purpose of this review is to integrate and synthesize scholarly literature on your
chosen topic. This literature review should describe, contrast, critique major findings and key
theories on your topic, as well as identify controversial questions. In your review of the
literature, evaluate the effective application of primary management concepts to your topic and
recommend strategic management solutions as new thoughts generated as a result of your
research. (See “What is a Literature Review” supplement)
Remember: This assignment and all assignments in this course have a management, not
leadership focus. There is a distinct difference between management and leadership. Discuss
management, not leadership.
Guidance for writing a literature review can be found at:
1. Liberty University. Literature Reviews: A Guide. Retrieved from
2. Monash University. The Stand-Alone Literature Review Retrieved from
Cover page with Topic Title (the topic approved by your professor)
Table of Contents
Introduction with Background Information
Literature Review (use at least 10 articles, at least 1600 words)
Evaluate the effective application of primary management concepts
New Thoughts (include Biblical integration)
Recommend strategic management solutions to a complex situation.
References (list all 10 Christian and secular scholarly sources)
Materials submitted to fulfill requirements in one course may not be submitted in another course.
Concerns about the propriety of obtaining outside assistance and acknowledging sources should
be addressed to the instructor of the course before the work commences and as necessary as the
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This paper must include at least 10 Christian and secular scholarly articles published
within the last 5 years. You may use findings and theories that were previously
assigned, mentioned or discussed in this course, but you will find that additional research
and resources will be needed. Do not use any books. You may not use the 2 course
textbooks for this assignment.
In this short, stand-alone, integrative literature review, do not cite the same source more
than twice in the entire review, and not in the same paragraph. A paragraph should not
focus on a single scholar, but the viewpoints of several should be discussed. Also do not
directly quote more than 50 words in the entire paper.
In-text citations are required to support your thesis statement, paragraph topic sentences
points, statements, issues, arguments, concerns, statements of fact and opinion.
The required cover page, abstract, table of contents, introduction, conclusion, new
thoughts and reference sections do not count towards the required 1600 word minimum
word count, but these sections are required as part of your paper.
The abstract should be written within a range of 150-250 words. It should not introduce
your paper or duplicate your introduction section, but articulates a clear and
comprehensive overview of the paper’s content with a focus on your findings and
includes your biblical application.
The introduction should not be longer than ½ page. It presents a detailed description of
the problems and issues central to the case. A thesis statement, with supporting citation
should be at the end of your introduction section.
Your conclusion section should not be longer than ½ page. It clearly states the answer to
the problem which you stated in your introduction.
Sources of information from Wikipedia, dictionaries, and encyclopedia will not be
Citations should accompany each written assignment thesis statement, paragraph topic
sentences, and supporting statements of fact and opinion.
Paragraph lengths: Each paragraph should have a topic sentence unless it continues from
or provides support to the prior paragraph. A paragraph is defined in this course as being
at least 4 sentences in length.
Similarity scores must not exceed 20%.
The required paper section headings are Abstract, Table of Contents, Literature Review
(with subheadings), Conclusion, New Thoughts. The literature review section must have
Avoid clichés, slang, jargon, exaggerations, abbreviations, figurative language, and
language that is too informal and/or too subjective.
All quoted materials must be properly cited in current APA format.