# BUS308: Statistics for Managers: Final Paper

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Identify an issue in your life (work place, home, social organization, etc.) where a statistical analysis could be used to help make a managerial decision.  Develop a sampling plan, an appropriate set of hypotheses, and an inferential statistical procedure to test them.  You do not need to collect any data on this issue, but you will discuss what a significant statistical test would mean and how you would relate this result to the real-world issue you identified.  Your paper should be three to five pages in length (excluding the cover and reference pages).  In addition to the text, utilize at least three sources to to support your points. No abstract is required. Use the following research plan format to structure the paper:

Step 1: Identification of the problem

Describe what is known about the situation, why it is a concern, and what we do not know.

Step 2: Research Question

What exactly do we want our study to find out?  This should not be phrased as a yes/no question.

Step 3: Data collection

What data is needed to answer the question, how will we collect it, and how will we decide how much we need?

Step 4: Data Analysis

Describe how you would analyze the data. Provide at least one hypothesis test (null and alternate) and an associated statistical test.

Step 5: Results and Conclusions

Describe how you would interpret the results. For example, what would you recommend if your null hypothesis as rejected and what would you do if the null was not rejected?

A quick example: Concern if gender is impacting employee’s pay.  H0: Gender is not related to pay.  H1: Gender is related to pay.  Approach: Multiple regression equation to see if gender impacts pay after considering the legal factors of grade, appraisal, education, etc.  If regression coefficient for gender is significant, will need to create residual list to see which employees show excessive variation from predicted salaries when gender is not considered.

Writing the Final Paper

The Final Paper:

Must be three to- five double-spaced pages in length, and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

Must include a title page with the following:

Title of paper

Student’s name

Course name and number

Instructor’s name

Date submitted

Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.

Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.

Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.

Must use at least three scholarly sources, in addition to the text.

Must document all sources in APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

Must include a separate reference page, formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

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