The objective of this assessment is to demonstrate your ability and skills in researching a businessâ€
related topic. You are required to write a brief literature review on a topic of your choice.
A literature review tells a reader that the researcher knows the research in an area and knows the
major issues. A good review points out areas where prior studies agree, where they disagree, and
where major questions remain. It collects what is known up to a point in time and indicates the
direction for future research.
Some points to remember as the writer of a literature review:
â€ it is not a descriptive list of the information gathered;
â€ the review must be defined by your research objectives;
â€ your purpose is to convey to the reader what knowledge and ideas have been established
on a topic and 'weave these contributions together in a logical, systematic way, to develop
an argument or tell a story' (Jesson et.al, 2011, p.15).
A literature review should help you to identify gaps for further research or those aspects of the
topic that have not been studied yet. In the context of this course, this is the area of most interest.
This assignment is done individually.
Please cite and reference any sources that you use. Clear and obvious plagiarism and copying from
others is considered a prohibited practice, as explained in Waiariki Academic Regulations, and will
be penalised severely.
In your literature review, you need to cover the following:
ï‚· Introduction (up to 500 words)
In this section, you need to give an outline of
â€ why your topic is important;
â€ the scope of the review — what aspects of the topic will be discussed;
â€ the criteria used for your literature selection (e.g. type of sources used, quality and
number of sources);
â€ the organisational pattern of the review (the literature review may be arranged (a)
according to the various subâ€topics that are central to the study; (b) chronologically
from oldest to more recent research; (c) according to different points of view; or (d) a
combination of these).