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Literature reviews are a critical analysis of material that has already been published. The goal is to gain an understanding of a particular problem or issue and develop solutions to solving the issue. The role of human resources in organizations is ever evolving and requires one to stay abreast of industry trends and changes. Conducting literature reviews is a means to examine the latest research in the field and to identify opportunities for advancement.
Your literature review should contain the following information and sections:
1) Definition of the problem
What is the problem or issue the article is attempting to solve? How is the issue relevant to what is taking place in today's workplace?
2) Summary of previous investigations
Discuss the previous research on the issue. What impact has past research had on the problem? What is the current state of research?
Identify relations, contradictions, gaps, and inconsistencies in the literature. Explain any relations that are apparent in the article. What impact do these relations have on the problem?
Suggest the next step or steps for solving the problem. What would you do? Why would you do it?
You should select articles that are of interest to you and support the topic of your final paper. These areas can include: legal requirements, recruitment and selection, training, development and evaluation, employee and labor relations, and total rewards. Limit your literature review to one typed page double spaced.