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Strategic Management/Hypothesis 1 (first or only key effect on DV/s)

Module 1 – Case
Hypothesis 1 (first or only key effect on DV/s)
Assignment Overview

This case assignment focuses on hypothesis 1. The convention is that you start with the key effect on your DV (the right side of the model), and move your way to the left side in future modules. This hypothesis can be based on two sources of data: (1) overarching theories which have been applied in other or similar contexts, and now you adapt them to your specific context; or (2) existing studies which showed such or similar effects, but did not anchor them in theory. If the latter is the case, you should theorize, using your own logic, why you expect such an effect.

Regardless, you should first find the relevant literature (SLP), and synthesize it (Case).

Case Assignment

Please read and reflect on the papers you identified in the SLP assignment, and synthesize them to produce the text leading to hypothesis 1. Follow a structure you have seen in one or more of the published research papers you reviewed. Conclude this section with the hypothesis statement.

Please organize your paper in a scholarly way. Add section titles when necessary. Explain your logic and when appropriate, use external sources and proper citations.
The paper is usually 2 to 10 pages long.
Assignment Expectations

In this assignment, you will be graded based on your ability to develop and use critical thinking skills which is one of our Institutional Learning Outcomes at Trident University (

Specifically, you are asked to show disciplined thinking supported by evidence in conceptualizing, applying, synthesizing, and evaluating information with the purpose of reaching a rational response or conclusion within the proper context.

“Critical thinking is a habit of mind characterized by the comprehensive exploration of issues, ideas, artifacts, and events before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion.”

In this particular assignment your assignment will be graded using the following Critical Thinking rubric criteria:

Explanation of issues (20%) – The Issue/problem to be considered critically is stated clearly and described comprehensively, delivering all relevant information necessary for full understanding.
Evidence (20%) – Information is taken from source(s) with enough interpretation/evaluation to develop a comprehensive analysis or synthesis. Viewpoints of experts are questioned thoroughly.
Influence of context and assumptions (20%) – Thoroughly (systematically and methodically) analyzes own and others’ assumptions and carefully evaluates the relevance of contexts when presenting a position.
Student’s position (perspective, thesis/hypothesis) (20%) – Specific position (perspective, thesis/hypothesis) is theory-based, taking into account the complexities of an issue. Limits of position (perspective, thesis/hypothesis) are acknowledged. Others’ points of view are synthesized within position (perspective, thesis/hypothesis).
Conclusions and related outcomes (implications and consequences) (20%) – Conclusions and related outcomes (consequences and implications) are logical and reflect student’s informed evaluation and ability to place evidence and perspectives discussed in priority order.

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