Business is such a broad area to cover and if you are relatively new to your studies and are taking a generalized course, then picking a good topic for a research paper can seem like an impossible task. Yes, your tutor will be there to point you in the right direction, and your friends and peers will no doubt have some strong opinions as their own. However, you are the one that is going to be spending weeks, possibly even months of your life researching and writing this paper, so you owe it to yourself to come up with a really good topic.
Still in the dark? Here’re my top tips on picking a good topic for a research paper on business:
I hope that you notice that I have used the word “interest” rather than “like” or “love” here. You don’t have to particularly like a topic to be interested in it. In fact, sometimes not liking it can be a compelling reason to run with it – simply because you are more likely to be objective and less likely to be raving about it. For example, you might be interested in the entrepreneurial aspect of business but have no intention of setting up one of your own. Conversely choosing a topic in which you have zero interest is only going to result in a dull, bland research paper.
The preferences of your peers may be driven by numerous factors including the geographical area in which you live. While it is always a good idea to have your finger on the pulse and be aware of what other people are doing and thinking, simply following the crowd can be dangerous. As much as anything else, the last thing that your teacher will want is to wind up with thirty very similar papers. Think outside of the box. Be individual.
Using my earlier example of setting up your own business, IF this is your goal then there is a strong case for choosing a relevant subject in order to help facilitate your understanding. If you plan on working in a remote, rural area when you graduate, then you might want to look at farming subsidies etc. Or micro-managing a rural business. By keeping one eye on your ultimate goal you are likelier to produce a high-quality paper.