Informed Consent

Introduction: 

My name is Musa Alamour.  I am a doctoral student at Northcentral University. I am conducting a research study on the satisfaction of virtual workers, use of communications, and the leader traits.  I am completing this research as part of my doctoral degree.  I invite you to participate.

Activities: 

If you participate in this research, you will be asked to:

1.      Read the informed consent form for about 5 minutes.

2.      Answer an online questionnaire containing 15 short answer and open-ended questions, which will take about 40 minutes.

Eligibility: 

You are eligible to participate in this research if you:

1.      Are a project manager or an IT professional in any field or industry?

 

2.      Currently work full-time in a virtual position and have a supervisor.

 

3.      Have worked virtually full or part-time for 3 to 5 years.

 

4.      Use at least two forms of communication with your supervisor (for example, text and voice).

 

5.      Have worked in your current job for at least 3 years.

 

6.      Have perceptions of your supervisor’s basic personality traits (for example, outgoing or quiet, intuitive or concrete, open or closed).

 

7.      Are a US citizen and between 30 and 65 years of age?

 

You are not eligible to participate in this research if you:

1.      Not a US citizen between 30 and 65 years of age.

 

2.      Not a project manager or an IT professional in any field or industry.

 

3.      Not currently working full-time in a virtual position and do not have a supervisor.

 

4.      Do not have a perception of your supervisor’s basic personality traits (for example, outgoing or quiet, intuitive or concrete, open or closed).

 

5.      Have not worked in your current job for at least 3 years.

6.      Have not worked virtually full or part-time for 3 to 5 years.

 

7.      Do not use at least two forms of communication with your supervisor (for example, text and voice).

 

I hope to include 20 people in this research.

Risks: 

There are minimal risks in this study.  Some risks include that the you may be uncomfortable with questions about your supervisor. 

To decrease the impact of these risks, you can: stop your participation at any time or skip any question.

Benefits:

 If you decide to participate, there are no direct benefits to you. 

The potential benefits to others are: learning about communication and job satisfaction for employees.

Confidentiality: 

I will keep your information confidential to the extent allowable by law.  Some steps I will take to keep your identity confidential are: Only I will collect the data from the online survey.

You will not be asked your name.

I will assign a number code to each completed survey.

Your IP address will not be collected. 

The people who will have access to your information are: myself, my dissertation chair, faculty committee members. The Institutional Review Board may also review my research and view your information.

I will secure your information with these steps: Data will be downloaded from the survey website onto my computer. Only I have access to my computer.  The computer is secured with a password.  Any copies will be locked in a filing cabinet and only I will have access. 

I will keep your data for 7 years. Then, I will delete electronic data and destroy paper copies.

Contact Information:

If you have questions, you can contact me: M.AlAmour3724@email.ncu.edu  or  469-230-3580

My dissertation chair’s name is Barry Spiker.  He works at Northcentral University and is supervising me on the research.  You can contact him at: bspiker@ncu.edu, or 928-51.-3383.

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