Unit Learning Outcomes addressed:

  • Demonstrate an advanced ability to initiate and prepare an original research proposal.
  • Demonstrate an advanced ability to prepare a literature review based on the support of an original research proposal.
  • Demonstrate a critical appreciation of the ethical issues associated with an original research proposal and their implications for the research and the acceptability of the research by an ethics review committee.
  • Critically evaluate the coherence, relevance, and methodological merits of a given body of literature.
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the theoretical, practical, and professional contexts and significance of the research.
  • Prepare a literature review that identifies and discriminates between concepts, issues, key findings, and relevant theories most pertinent to the research proposal which the review supports.

Criteria for Assessment:

  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Content and exploration of theories and ideas
  • Analysis, synthesis, and critical engagement
  • Technical skills and referencing

Students are required to submit a literature review for their chosen project. Your literature review should be shaped by your argument and should seek to establish your theoretical orientation, along with your methodological choices. Your literature review needs to conclude with what you have demonstrated as a ‘need for research in the area.  This is the primary statement for the justification of the research project.

The literature review needs to be organized with sub-headers in a meaningful manner based on your research topic. The language used in a literature review is often evaluative and demonstrates your perspectives of the literature in relation to your research question. Your ‘voice’ or your perspective, position, or standpoint, should be identifiable in the literature review.

It is important that, firstly, your theoretical position is clearly and strongly stated and that your critical evaluations are an integral part of this document. Secondly, it is important that your language indicates your own or other writers’ attitudes to the research question. The literature review always ends with a research question that will be the focus of the Master of Business Research thesis.


You should follow the outline below

Title of literature review:

In not more than 12 words state the title of your proposed research project and literature review

Assessment Task:

Research Cluster: Identify the Research Cluster aligned to your research project

  • Cluster 1: Leadership and Management of Large Corporations
  • Cluster 2: Leadership and Management of Not-for-Profit Organisations
  • Cluster 3: Leadership and Management of Start-ups, SMEs, and Family Business
  • Cluster 4: Leadership and Management of Technological and Digital Transformation
  • Cluster 5: Leadership and Management of Sustainable Business Operations
  • Cluster 6: Leadership and Management of Government and Multilateral Organisations
  • Cluster 7: Leadership and Management of Tourism and
  • Hospitality Organisations


Provide an overview of the literature review. Indicate the objectives of the literature review.

Literature review

Use relevant headings and sub-headings to organize your literature review.


Your conclusion should provide a summary of the literature and show the gaps in the literature to be addressed by the research project, the proposed methods to be used, and the expected contribution to the field of research from undertaking the research project.

Submission Date:

Week  9 (online submission).

Total Mark & Weighting:

35 marks | 35%

Students are advised that any submissions past the due date without an approved extension or approved extenuating circumstances incur a 5% penalty per calendar day, calculated from the total mark e.g. a task marked out of 15 will incur a 1.75 mark penalty per calendar day.

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