The Position Paper
The Position Paper will deal with a specific aspect of managerial economics on a topic approved by the instructor. An example is: Mergers and acquisition in the automobile industry. Students should give a critical summary of sources/papers on that topic. Explain why the merger took place, who was involved, how the evaluation was handled, and what is the likelihood it would fail or succeed, etc. The sources could be in conflict to each other or in line with each other. It is imperative that the student involve themselves in the discussion and justify their assessment and opinion.
The paper should include the following components:
Cover Page: Students name, title of assignment, date, course number, and course title.
Research Component: Based on research in academic, peer reviewed, or professional journals, present at least three authors’ views on the selected topic. If you are picking a topic that pertains your own company, and you need to keep sources private, you may present the different views in more broad terms. However, you should still clearly state the viewpoint, present the relative strengths vs. weaknesses of the view, areas where you agree vs. disagree, etc. in your analysis. Please note that you cannot just summarize the particular viewpoint. You need to critically engage with the main elements and discuss the relative merits vs. deficiencies of the viewpoint. Sources must be cited within the body of the analysis using APA style.
Synthesis Component: Synthesize the research, class materials, personal experience, etc. to arrive at student’s view point. Student must justify and support their views as well as include how this view will affect their actions and decisions in the future.