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Is the post below substantive? Why or why not?

My goal is to earn academic credentials that will position me as a leader among my peers. Lopez (2010) stated that organizations increasingly rely on knowledge workers for research-based decision making. With doctoral-level research skills, I can gather and analyze data for evidence-based decisions. I can also use analytical skills to differentiate between valid and invalid data.

This past week, my coworker and I each presented a proposal to redesign our HR department. My coworker based his proposal on anecdotes and assumptions, without any data to back up his ideas. In my proposal, I used data that I had collected from staff surveys, combined with findings from three scholarly journal articles that confirmed and reinforced my rationale for restructuring the department. The boss accepted my proposal because it showed that I understand the trends in the industry. According to Borstein (2009), 72% of HR directors in global organizations stay current with industry trends by reading journals, attending conferences, and networking with peers in professional associations.

References

Borstein, J. (2009). Head above water: Leveraging professional resources for human resources management. Academy of Human Capital Research, 4(2), 64-78. doi: 10/2222/36912-777234.12.34.980

Lopez, D. (2010). The role of research in the global knowledge economy. Journal of Knowledge and Leadership, 15(1), 113-128

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Yes, your post is substantive. In the business world, decisions are not based on assumptions. Decisions are based on industry trends. Let's look at the housing market. In 2004, the assumption was that every American should own a home no matter what their financial means where. That assumption has led to the financial ...

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My goal is to earn academic credentials that will position me as a leader among my peers. Lopez (2010) stated that organizations increasingly rely on knowledge workers for research-based decision making. With doctoral-level research skills, I can gather and analyze data for evidence-based decisions. I can also use analytical skills to differentiate between valid and invalid data.

This past week, my coworker and I each presented a proposal to redesign our HR department. My coworker based his proposal on anecdotes and assumptions, without any data to back up his ideas. In my proposal, I used data that I had collected from staff surveys, combined with findings from three scholarly journal articles that confirmed and reinforced my rationale for restructuring the department. The boss accepted my proposal because it showed that I understand the trends in the industry. According to Borstein (2009), 72% of HR directors in global organizations stay current with industry trends by reading journals, attending conferences, and networking with peers in professional associations.

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