Informed Consent

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You are invited to participate in a research study. The purpose of this study is to learn how new communication technology could be adopted to improve communication, collaboration and information flow in organizations. The questionnaire has been developed by researchers at the University of Maryland, Syracuse University, San Diego State University, and the Cranfield Institute of Technology in the UK.

If you volunteer to participate in this study, you will be asked to do the following:
• sign an electronic consent form by clicking “agree” button
• answer 5 open-ended questions
• read each of 20 statements and choose any answer on the scale that you believe describe your organization.

Benefits of Participation
There may not be direct benefits to you as a participant in this study. However, your participation will be contributing to the knowledge of organizational communication and ensure that new communication technology support you and your organization. We hope you choose to help us with this research.

Risks of Participation
This study is estimated to involve minimal risk. You will possibly feel uncomfortable answering question about your organization but there are no personal questions.

This will be no financial cost to you to participate in this study. The study will take only 5 min. You will not be compensated for your time.

Contact Information
If you have any questions or concerns about the study, you may contact:
Olga Koz, D. M. Candidate
Colorado Technical University
Dr. Bryan Forsyth, Ph.D., Faculty Lead
Colorado Technical University
For questions in regards to the rights of research subjects, any complaints or comments regarding the manner in which the study is being conducted, you may contact Colorado Technical University – Doctoral Programs at 719-598-0200.

Voluntary Participation
Your participation in this study is voluntary. You may refuse to participate in this study or in any part of this study. You may withdraw at any time without prejudice to your relations with the university. You are encouraged to ask questions about this study at the beginning or at any time during the research study.

The questionnaire doesn’t include any personal questions. SSL encryption feature will be enabled. IP addresses will be masked from the survey administrator. All information about your organization gathered in this study will be kept completely confidential. No reference will be made in written or oral materials that could link you or your organization to this study. Organizational name will be coded and not make public. All collected data will be stored on the researcher’s external hard drive and Survey Monkey Server. SurveyMonkey has physical and environmental controls in place to protect data.

* 1. Have you read the above information and agree to participate in this study?