Literature Review Instructions
Research Topic: A Qualitative Case Study Impact of Project Manager’s Leadership Style as Related to the Success or Failure of a Project
Your literature review is the theoretical basis of your research paper. It establishes a link between your specific topic and what research has already been done about it. Your literature review should show how your research and/or findings contribute to the existing body of knowledge related to your topic. It should provide the reader with a holistic view of your research, showing a synthesis of all your references (as opposed to an annotated bibliography that details each source one by one). Your literature review should be 8 to 10 pages in length and be organized in logical way. Your literature should meet the following criteria:
- Contain 10 to 20 scholarly sources such as journal articles, books and papers.
- Contain research that is relevant and timely (resources should be related to your topic and most should be less than 5 years old, and from the United States).
- Provide a thorough summary and analysis of previous research about your topic.
- Be organized in a coherent way (theme, chronological order, order of interest).
- Identify gaps in the research or areas to expand the existing research.
- Contain and introductory and conclusion paragraph.
It is recommended that you include other literature reviews in your research. You can often find them by including “literature review” as a keyword in your search criteria. This will also provide you with examples to model.