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Present a mini proposal on Walmart's Policy on Women's Pay that includes the following:

1. Statement of problem. Provide a clear justification with evidence on why this study is relevant to your field and worthy of doctoral-level study. Support your efforts using scholarly information published within the past 5 years to ensure relevancy. Remember the problem statement should reflect your degree type (applied or research).
2. Purpose statement (how your study will address the problem using qualitative methodology). This statement should flow from the problem statement.
3. Research questions (make sure there is alignment with the problem and purpose).
4. Find 2 to 3 articles related to your topic of interest and provide an overview of the research methodology and design where you specifically discuss the elements below from each article and discuss how each applies (or does not apply to your current study):
- A specific qualitative design,
- The population and sample,
- Steps for data collection and protection of human subjects,
- Steps for the analysis of the data, and
- Issues of trustworthiness within a qualitative framework.
5. Based on your analysis above, what seems most applicable to your hypothetical study and why? Be sure to discuss the qualitative design, population and sample, data collection, analysis, and trustworthiness.
6. Discussion of the inherent strengths and challenges of your hypothetical study to include any ethical considerations that might need to be addressed in the study.

Make sure to support all assertions and research choices, using the attached resources as well as additional scholarly literature.
Make sure to justify steps and choices, using the attached resources to help support your points.
Be sure to use scholarly sources to support all assertions and research decisions. Ensure it is supported by at least 3 to 5 scholarly resources within the past 5 years to ensure relevancy. Also keep in mind that your problem statement should reflect a PhD degree.

Length: 5 to 7 pages

Using current APA standards.

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In compliance with BrainMass rules this is not a hand in ready proposal but is only guidance.
. Statement of Problem:
There should be equal pay for women who do the same work as men at Wal-Mart (6). However, women are being paid less than men at Wal-Mart (8). This discrimination deprives women of remuneration that is rightfully theirs. The Equal Pay Act (1963) says that there should be equal pay for equal work in all American organizations (7). However, there is evidence that Wal-Mart is still disallowing women from some jobs and is denying women equal pay for equal work(9).
2. Purpose statement:
The purpose of the study is to find if women get equal pay for equal work at Wal-Mart. The study will identify positions in which women do the same jobs as men but get less than what their male counterparts get. The study will consider the full range of payments and benefits, including basic pay, non-salary payments, bonuses, and allowances. Under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII an employer cannot deny women equal pay for equal work, deny women transfers, promotions, or wage increases, manipulate job evaluations to relegate women's pay or intentionally segregate men and women into jobs according to their gender. My study will address the problem by using two qualitative methods namely focus group interview of ex-employees of Wal-Mart and in-depth interview of current employees of Wal-Mart.
3. Research Questions:
Are women paid the same basic pay as their male counterparts for the same job at Wal-Mart?
Are women paid the same non-salary payments, bonuses, and allowances as their male counterparts for the same jobs at Wal-Mart?
Are women given the same benefits as their male counterparts for the same jobs at Wal-Mart?
These three research questions are each aligned with the problem and purpose statement and address the research problem.
4. Articles related to topic:
The first article is "Lips, H. M. (2013). The gender pay gap: Challenging the rationalizations. Perceived equity, discrimination, and the limits of human capital models. Sex Roles, 68(3-4), 169-185."
o A specific qualitative design,
This article mainly uses secondary data and statistics to establish its argument.
o The population and sample,
The population is all working women of United States. The study has not selected any sample but has used secondary data to reach conclusions.
o Steps for ...

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The answer to this problem explains the study on Wal-Mart's equal pay for equal work policy. The references related to the answer are also included.

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(1) Review of the Relevant Literature, Related Research and Literature Reviews. Provide a minimum of ten research studies that address the same topic chosen for the proposal:
a) What are the similar areas of study or studies that lead up to the current research? Identify the importance of the questions being asked.
b) Report on the current status of the topic.
c) Analyze the relationship between the literature reviewed and the problem statement.
d) Include a summary, along with a restatement of the relationships between the variables under consideration and how these relationships are important to the proposed hypothesis.

(2) Identify and label a minimum of two implications and a minimum of two limitations for Wal-Mart's study. At a minimum, answer the following questions:
a) What implications and assumptions are being made regarding the proposed sample and how it represents the proposed population?
b) What assumptions are you making regarding the instrument's validity and its ability to measure the desired variables?
c) What assumptions are being made in having respondents truthfully answer a survey, questionnaire, or interview questions?
d) Identify the limitations of Wal-Mart's proposal, such as the limited population for the study.

(3) Method/Research Procedure/Methodology: (Note:Determine the method of research for the proposal. Examples could be: qualitative, quantitative, and case study).

(4). Participants: (Note: Provide specific identification for the proposed participants for the study. Include a description, the possible number within the population, the proposed location, and the selection procedure. Be specific when identifying the selection process. Then identify how a representative sample will be drawn from the population).

(5). Instrumentation and Data Collection Plans:(Note: State the sources and/or instrument(s) proposed to be used to record the data (surveys, interview protocols). Identify the procedure. For a mailed survey, identify steps to be taken in administering and following up the survey to obtain a high response rate. Determine how to specifically conduct the research based on the proposed topic.

(6). Surveys/Questionnaires/Interviews: (Note:Create and include the list of questions proposed to be asked for the research. Make sure the questions pertain to and support the problem statement, the objectives of the study, and the hypothesis. Include the possible answers when using a multiple-choice or Likert format. (Estimated length - one to two pages).

(7). Appendices and References:
a) Time Schedule/Time Line: (Note: Propose how long the research process could take (hypothetically). Remember that a proposal stops at the proposal stage and that there is no actual research conducted by you. You are to propose what you will do and when to carry out the study).
b) Resources Needed:(Note: List and explain all proposed resources (e.g., computers, programs, surveys, etc.).
c) Personnel: (Note: List the categories or types of assistance needed from others (not the participants) to conduct the proposed research).
d) Budget: (Note: List all expenses proposed to incur during the research. Include all details for the proposed budget, and then add them up for a total proposed budget)..

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