Draw on a real-life public or non-profit human resource issue that is currently in the news, and assume that as a result of your research you have become the subject matter expert (SME) for this HR topic.

Subject Matter Expert (SME) Report worth up to twenty percent (20%) of the final grade for the course.

Submit a 2,500 to 3,000 word -plus references-written assignment on the following:

Draw on a real-life public or non-profit  human resource issue that is currently in the news, and assume that as a result of your research you have become the subject matter expert (SME)  for this HR topic.  Good sources for this can be FedSmith.comGoverning.comSHRM.orghrmorning.comHR.BLR.comipma@ipma-hr.org;  etc., Feel free to use the popular media as well.  (minimum of five articles)  . Please do not use wikis, blogs, politically motivated websites or dictionaries as sources.  In addition, you can use books, websites (Federal OPM, OHR), or BLS might be good to review as well as individual state HR sites) or any other authentic sources. You may augment the popular literature review with additional  peer reviewed journal articles.

  1. Build your literature review on the real-life news topic you chose to explore by researching relevant issues. 

As you read, make note of the following:

  • Identify the author’s thesis. What is she arguing for/against? Identify the context of the argument.
  • Why is he/she arguing this? Do they offer a solution to the problem(s) they raise?
  • Does it seem plausible?
  • Note any supporting evidence and all of the main ideas. How does the author support his/ her argument? What kind of appeals does the author make in order to persuade the reader? For example, does he/she  use: pathos (appeal to emotion), logos (appeal to reason/logic), &/or ethos (appeal to credibility)

Your submission should include the following:

  1. Summarize the key points of news articles and emphasize its relevance to public and nonprofit HR management. In addition, make connections to your readings and other assignments.
  2. Provide a critical analysis of the arguments (for and against) made in the popular articles. Make sure to support your analysis with arguments from the course and any scholarly articles you wish to consult
  3. Suggest what the future will bring for the issue you have researched.

 Excessive wordiness or brevity will negatively affect your grade. 

Use the style guide for the American Psychological Association (APA) for proper form. Be sure to include citations for all direct quotes and paraphrases.

Graduate student level writing, grammar, and style as well as cogent and logical analysis  are expected and will be considered in the grading.

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