Paper Topics for Management Research

by Brian Gabriel; Updated September 26, 2017
Management research is the study of how organizations get things done.

The purpose of management research is to investigate how to improve business performance and achieve better results. Management is a complex process, which consists of personnel management and overseeing projects from start to finish. There are many different aspects of management for you to research, and there are different ways to analyze each aspect.

Performance Management

Performance management is all about keeping track of the performance levels of employees. You can look at the role of leadership support in improving and motivating employee performance. There are many software tools on the market to help companies measure and tweak employee performance. Examine the different software to understand the performance parameters that are measured with each. Write about the patterns you find in the software or research the different ways to measure performance.

Strategic Management

Compare the strategic roles of various levels of a business. This should include the discussion of the strategic roles played at the corporate level, business unit level and departmental level of the business. The field of strategic management has developed many business planning methods, such as the SWOT Analysis and PEST Analysis. The goal of the SWOT analysis is to measure the business' strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. A PEST analysis looks at the macroeconomic environment to plan strategy. This includes the political, economic, social and technological factors in the economy. There are several other methods for strategic management for you to research as well.

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Project Management

Project management research is the study of how big tasks are accomplished by an organization. Some possible research topics are how organizations define their objectives, identify necessary tasks, allocate resources, and how they determine appropriate time-lines and budgets.

Another idea is to compare different project-management roles. For example, you can compare in-house project managers versus independent external management consultants. Each type plays an important role, and your research can specify the differences played by insiders and outsiders.

Human Resource Management

Human resource management is about the people within an organization. You can research the semantics of “human resource management,” which some organizations now call “talent management.” Examine the origins of these terms and their respective differences.

Research the different ways organizations recruit, train and organize their people to perform their roles effectively. You can choose one of these aspects to research for your management research paper.

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Brian Gabriel has been a writer and blogger since 2009, contributing to various online publications. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in history from Whitworth University.

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