Welcome to the Project Management Survey!

Thank you for participating in the survey.  As a project management practitioner, your feedback is important. 

CONSENT FORM
Project Manager Confidence and Project Risk Assessment
Carol S. Davis, Liberty University School of Business

You are invited to participate in a research study among project management practitioners to explore project manager confidence and risk awareness during the project planning phase.  You were selected as a possible participant because of your current or past role as a practitioner in a project management capacity.  Please read this form and ask any questions you may have before agreeing to be in the study.  Carol S. Davis, a doctoral candidate in the School of Business at Liberty University, is conducting this study.

Background Information:
The purpose of this study is to provide insight into potential ways to improve project success.
Procedures: If you agree to be in this study, I would ask you to do the following things:
  1. Complete the following anonymous online survey by answering questions providing your expertise as a project manager in estimating completion times and providing opinions on project risk.
  2. Provide anonymous general demographic and career data.  The survey should not take more than 10 minutes of your time.
Risks: The risks involved in this study are minimal, which means they are equal to the risks you would encounter in everyday life.
Benefits:  Participants should not expect to receive a direct benefit from taking part in this study. The researcher will also receive no financial reward.  Compensation: Participants will not be compensated for participating in this study.
Confidentiality: The survey data will be kept private. In any sort of report I might publish, I will not include any information that will make it possible to identify participants. Research records will be stored securely, and only the researcher, the researcher’s chair, and the researcher’s mentor will have access to the records.
  • No identifiable data (i.e. your email address) will be stored with the data set once you click on the “Take the survey” link.
  • Data will be store on a password locked computer and may be used in future presentations.  After three years, all electronic records will be deleted.
Voluntary Nature of the Study: Participation in this study is voluntary. Your decision whether or not to participate will not affect your current or future relations with Liberty University. If you decide to participate, you are free to not answer any question or withdraw at any time prior to submitting the survey without affecting those relationships.
How to Withdraw from the Study:  If you choose to withdraw from the study, please exit the survey and close your Internet browser.  Your responses will not be recorded or included in the study.
Contacts and Questions: The researcher conducting this study is Carol S. Davis. You may ask any questions you have prior to taking the survey, and you are encouraged to contact me now or later at csdavis5@liberty.edu.  You may also contact the researcher’s faculty advisor, Dr. David Duby, at dduby@liberty.edu.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding this study and would like to talk to someone other than the researcher, you are encouraged to contact the Institutional Review Board, 1971 University Blvd., Green Hall Ste. 1887, Lynchburg, VA 24515 or email at irb@liberty.edu. 

Please notify the researcher if you would like a copy of this consent form information for your records. 

* 1. Statement of Consent: I have read and understood the above information. I have asked any questions I may have had and received answers. I consent to participate in the study.

By choosing yes below, you agree to have your completed questionnaire included anonymously in the study.

* 2. Please verify your age (please choose only one answer).

* 3. Which one of the following best describes your current role? (please choose only one answer)

SCENARIO DESCRIPTION: You are tasked with building five pieces of furniture. The following tasks examine your ability to estimate time. It is important to estimate the average setup times for someone to build certain IKEA products on their own. No power tools may be used. For each piece of furniture, please enter the values in minutes then click on OK at the bottom of the page to go to the next page. 

Please enter a duration range ("at least" to "at most" in minutes) such that you are 80% sure that the actual value is within the estimated duration range.

The first of five pieces of furniture is the little Billy bookcase, 41 inches high, 15 inches wide and 11 inches deep. 

The first of five pieces of furniture is the little Billy bookcase, 41 inches high, 15 inches wide and 11 inches deep. 

* 4. Please enter the values in minutes then click on OK at the bottom of the page to go to the next page.

Billy bookcase:

The second of five pieces of furniture is the Lack TV stand, 31 inches high, 14 inches wide and 13 inches deep.

The second of five pieces of furniture is the Lack TV stand, 31 inches high, 14 inches wide and 13 inches deep.

* 5. Please enter the values in minutes then click on OK at the bottom of the page to go to the next page.

Lack TV stand:

The third piece of furniture is the Hol storage cube, 20 inches by 20 inches.

The third piece of furniture is the Hol storage cube, 20 inches by 20 inches.

* 6. Please enter the values in minutes then click on OK at the bottom of the page to go to the next page.

Hol storage unit:

The fourth piece of furniture is the Bekvam step-stool, 20 inches high, 17 inches wide and 15 inches deep. 

The fourth piece of furniture is the Bekvam step-stool, 20 inches high, 17 inches wide and 15 inches deep. 

* 7. Please enter the values in minutes then click on OK at the bottom of the page to go to the next page.

Beckvam step-stool:

The fifth piece of furniture is the Marius stool, 18 inches high and 16 inches in diameter.

The fifth piece of furniture is the Marius stool, 18 inches high and 16 inches in diameter.

* 8. Please enter the values in minutes then click on OK at the bottom of the page to go to the next page.

Marius stool:

* 9. What is your personal experience with the assembly of IKEA products?

  Very positive Mixed Very negative No experience
What is your personal experience with the assembly of IKEA products?

* 10. Please rate the following statements about projects, in general, as spontaneously as possible:

  Totally Agree Neither Totally Disagree
Often, unexpected problems arise in the projects that were not considered in planning
The probability of risk occurence is often underestimated
Project process disruptions are often underestimated
Small issues frequently cause delays
Projects are almost always behind schedule, as future developments cannot be predicted with certainty
Projects are almost always over budget, as future developments cannot be predicted with certainty

* 11. Please enter your age

* 12. Please enter your gender

* 13. Which one of the following best describes your highest level of education?

* 14. How many years have you been working professionally in project management?

* 15. Which, if any, of the following project management certifications do you have? (Please mark all that apply)

* 16. Do you plan to obtain a project management certification within…

* 17. In which area do you currently work in your company?

* 18. Which one of the following categories best describes the industry you currently work in (regardless of your current position)?

* 19. Please leave any additional comments you would like in the space below.

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