Purpose and Scope
The IERP is an empirical project designed and conducted by the student under the guidance of two MO faculty members. The project provides hands-on experience in every stage of independent research aimed at publication, including reviewing the literature, designing a study, collecting and analyzing data, and writing up the results. The result is expected to be a study suitable for submission to the Academy of Management annual meetings. The IERP may not be submitted as a deliverable for another course -- either for MO 899s or other courses.
Because the scope of the project is substantial, students are encouraged to choose a topic area in the first year. Students should select an advisor during the winter semester of the first year and begin work on the design at this point.
Summer: Data collection should begin during the summer between the first and second year.
January 15: A draft of the sections up to and including the methods section is due.
February 15: Based on feedback from the advisor, a revised draft of the prior sections and a draft of the results section is due.
March 15: Final completed paper is due.
The study is to be evaluated by a committee comprised of the advisor and a second reader chosen from among the MO faculty by the student. The paper is acceptable if the faculty committee judges it to be highly likely to be accepted for presentation at the Academy of Management annual meetings. Students are given one opportunity to revise the paper to meet the standards of the committee.
Students are expected to present their study to the MO department students and faculty in the brown bag in April of their second year.