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Research Analysis


Architect Daniel Libeskind is credited with saying “To provide meaningful architecture is not to parody history, but to articulate it.” The suggestion is that his work does not copy the efforts of others but relies on it.

Understanding the work of others is critically important to new work. Contributions to the nursing body of knowledge can happen when you are able to analyze and articulate the efforts of previous research. Research analysis skills are therefore critical tools for your toolbox.

In this Assignment, you will locate relevant existing research. You also will analyze this research using a tool helpful for analysis.

To Prepare:

Reflect on the strategies presented in the Resources this Module’s Learning Resources in support of locating and analyzing research.
Use the Walden Library to identify and read one peer-reviewed research article focused on a topic in your specialty field that interests you.
Review the article you selected and reflect on the professional practice use of theories/concepts described by the article.
The Assignment:

Using the “Module 3 | Part 3” section of your Academic Success and Professional Development Plan Template presented in the Resources, conduct an analysis of the elements of the research article you identified. Be sure to include the following:

Your topic of interest.
A correctly formatted APA citation of the article you selected, along with link or search details.
Identify a professional practice use of the theories/concepts presented in the article.
Analysis of the article using the “Research Analysis Matrix” section of the template
Write a 1-paragraph justification stating whether you would recommend this article to inform professional practice.
Write a 2- to 3-paragraph summary that you will add to your Academic Success and Professional Development Plan that includes the following:
Describe your approach to identifying and analyzing peer-reviewed research.
Identify at least two strategies that you would use that you found to be effective in finding peer-reviewed research.
Identify at least one resource you intend to use in the future to find peer-reviewed research.


Sample Solution

Scholarly debate on this theory acknowledged the agency inefficiencies that may arise from this sort of set up where management might pursue selfish interests at the expense of the shareholders. There has therefore been a suggestion for structural measures and incentives meant to reconcile and align the interests of different players. The different interests of directors and managers and that of shareholders can be balanced by setting up a distinction between the rights on business decisions as exercised by managers, the monitoring and/or ratification function of directors and the rights of shareholders to control fundamental change through voting. This has been described as the co location of decision power and together with other mechanisms reduces the agency costs.
The capital market then provides the means by which shareholders can discipline management through the voice and/ or exit mechanisms where investors can sell their shares and depress their value thereby exposing the company to hostile takeovers, or by using their voting rights. The model garnered traction and support throughout history whenever there was evidence of considerable success of companies in the US and UK.
In the other OECD countries outside the US and UK as well as almost all non members, the equity in companies is usually held by core shareholders who are essentially insiders with a longer term relationship with the company other than their equity investment. Examples are family members, banks and suppliers. The financing model for such companies is mainly banks and this results in less developed capital markets in this system. In countries such as Germany and Japan, firms rely on banks for external financing, with large companies having one bank, the ‘main bank’, in Japan, which the firm has a special relationship with. It typically provides loans and holds equity in the firm, so it is therefore expected to closely monitor performance. Germany has ‘universal banks’ providing a range of financial services including deposits and securities services. The banks specialise in monitoring the companies with which they are involved and are likely to interfere more actively in troubled companies compared to their American counterparts.