The applied research project case study of ROI innovation

This is an assignment that focuses on the applied research project case study of ROI. The assignment also integrates the recommendation process of developing a project.

The applied research project case study of ROI

PURPOSE: To integrate the learning from all the course units within the AOS420 course into a scholarly quality report that focuses on quantitative data sources.
Recommended Process/Format for Developing Your Project Report:
1.     An introduction which includes the organization you chose, some contextual information and a brief overview of its mission and vision (if available).

2.     A description of the innovation that the organization employed and when and how it was initiated. This may be done through secondary research (articles and reports) or through first hand data collection (interviews). However, you are not to obtain IRB approval for interviews conducted for this project.
a.      When selecting the innovation make sure that you have the ability to access the data you will need to complete the assessment. You must be able to obtain financial data not just qualitative perceptions or anecdotal information.
b.     Additionally, select an innovation that has been implemented so you can identify not only the how it was developed and implemented. Also, the results of the innovation (e.g. financial reports, annual reports, news articles.).

3.     You will then determine if you will be evaluating the return on investment of this innovation from either a causal perspective or an effectuation perspective and you must directly mention this in the paper’s introduction. Your ability to differentiate these approaches to innovation/change is a critical part of this project.

The applied research project case study of ROI

4.     Then you will collect data on the innovation and its impact on the organization in order to identify the return on investment.
a.      This could include examining news articles or newsletters describing the project, its history and then outcomes.
b.     It could include interviews with decision makers to identify key aspects in the development of the innovation.
c.      It will include financial or quantitative data in the form of reports that demonstrate a change in outcomes.
d.     It should also indicate the partners or other parties involved in the innovation if this applies.

5.     The assignment requires you to examine the innovation and idenitfy the return on investment and its value to the organization.
a.      You have the ability to agree or disagree with the determinations of the organization, the media, or other commentators about the innovation, but you must substantiate your argument.

6.     A conclusion should then synthesizes the research you conducted and in addition to reporting on the return on investment. You should also reflect on any insights you gained from your review of the innovation, the organization and the data you reviewed.
a.      Sometimes this will include acknowledgement of political aspects of an innovation or circumstances that were out of the control of the organization who implement the innovation. There are also cases where you identify an innovation that would have created ROI if not for extenuating circumstances that interfered with it or its timeline.