Background information – in about 400 words, state the reason for this topic, some recent and relevant background information that you have found. This section ‘should tell the reader why you feel the research that you are planning is worth the effort’ (Saunders et al. 2003, ); it must show a clear rationale and demonstrate your motivation behind the particular research topic. The background information will also state the aim of your research paper. However, ‘do not fall into the trap of stating research aims that are little more than statements of intent (. “to discover the level of effectiveness of the team briefing scheme”)’ (Saunders et al. 2003, ). The aim of any study is to answer the research question – which you will present in the next section together with the research objectives.