A research framework for business people communicating across cultures, and students in BA330 Cultural Diversity in the Business Environment, BA 642, Cross Cultural Business Challenges, and BA 780 International Business Experience.
Write down the initial scope of the task. Break down complex questions into multiple individual ones.
Make strategic choices to locate appropriate information sources. Business decisions are based on indicators of expertise in the subject matter and credibility. The mere presence of a source in Google results is not an indicator of authority, credibility, or quality. Look further.
Business decisions are generally based on trade information, government information, or scholarly information. This is what your professors prefer you to use.
If you can't verify the source's authority and credibility, move on.
Information sources vary in content, relevance, and value, depending on the needs of your search.
Match your topic to the sources below.
First attempts do not always produce adequate results; allow enough time and be persistent. Ask for help if needed.
A good business report or paper synthesizes the information, interprets its implications, and draws conclusions.
Organize the information in meaningful ways - check the assignment for clues from your professor.
Analyze the information gathered. Maintain an open mind and a critical stance.
Synthesize information from multiple sources.
Evaluate and explain the significance of the information you presented.
This is the basic template for webpages written by organizations. More examples are available in the APA 7 guide's "How Do I Cite Webpages" section.
Corporation/Group/Organization's Name. (Year webpage was last updated/published, Month Day if given). Title of page: Subtitle (if any). URL
Canadian Cancer Society. (2013, April 14). Cancer research. http://www.cancer.ca/en/cancer-information/cancer-101/cancer-research/?region=on