Invitation and Informed Consent

 
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We invite you to complete a short online survey to provide your feedback on our 50+20 Innovation Cohort discussion paper entitled: Ethics, Responsibility, and Sustainability (ERS) in Business School Accreditation: Peer-Learning Perspectives. The purpose of this survey to obtain your insights into the nature, importance, and challenges of greater emphases upon Ethics, Responsibility, and Sustainability (“ERS”) in business management education. This formal invitation provides you with the information you require to make an informed voluntary decision regarding your participation.

Participation in this study is by invitation only and is purely voluntary. You may refuse to participate, refuse to answer any questions or withdraw from the survey at any time with no effect on you personally or professionally. Completion of the on-line survey will serve as your formal indication of your consent to participate.

If you wish to participate, we ask that you first read our discussion paper: Ethics, Responsibility, and Sustainability (ERS) in Business School Accreditation: Peer-Learning Perspectives. You will then be able to complete the online survey, any time, at your convenience.

This survey first asks you to provide your questions, comments, critiques, and suggestions regarding each of the sections of the new EQUIS Standards that we addressed in the discussion paper. Next, the survey asks you to rate the importance to business management education of each of these standards. Then, the survey asks you to rate the difficulty in implementing each of these standards. Finally, the survey asks you some basic respondent information questions. Your respondent information and results are completely anonymous. We anticipate that the entire process will take approximately 20 minutes of your time.

There are no anticipated risks or discomforts associated with participating in this study. You will not be compensated for your participation in this research. Also, you personally may not directly benefit from participating in this study. However, our survey has the potential to shed light on the nature of, importance, and challenges associated with greater emphases upon ERS in business management education, and to broaden and deepen ongoing dialogue in this area. We shall provide a general summary of the results that emerged from the entire group of participants on the GRLI website (http://www.grli.org) during early 2015.

All data collected will remain confidential and accessible only to the investigators of this study. If the results are published, your name will not be used. If you choose to withdraw from this study, your data will be removed from our database and destroyed. Each participant’s results will be identifiable only to the investigators. However, the data records, the subsequent data analyses, and the general summaries will not contain any personal information whatsoever. Only data that does not contain any personal information whatsoever may be stored on investigators’ computers. All data related to this study will be destroyed after five years of completion of the survey.

Should you wish to participate, we ask that you complete the survey no later than December 31st, 2014.

Thank you for considering our invitation to participate.
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