1. Survey Information

Consent Form

Agreement to Participate in Blogging and Organizational Climate Study
Daniel (Dan) C. Smith
Primary Investigator
808-951-4632 smithdan@hawaii.edu

This research project is being conducted as a component of a dissertation for a doctoral degree. The purpose of the project is to learn how much, employees blog, or use other collaboration technology, as part of their employment, why, and the relationships with organizational climate and goals. The data will also be analyzed with publicly available financial data. You are being asked to participate because your firm or organization was randomly selected from a large pool.

Participation in the project will consist of filling out a form at a secure site on the Internet on background information about you and your job, and a series of questions about how and why, or why not, you blog at work. There are also questions about the organizational climate, and trust relationships with your peers and management in your work unit within your firm. Data from the interview will be summarized into broad categories. No personally-identifying or firm-identifying information will be included with the research results. Completion of the survey should take no more than 20 minutes. Approximately 200 firms and 100 people from each firm will be invited to participate in the study.

The investigator believes there is little or no risk to participating in this research project. However, there may be a small benefit or risk that you will be stimulated to think about how the questions might apply to your firm. Again, the data will combined with others and neither your firm nor you will be identified in the research reports. No individual or potentially-identifiable work unit responses will be disclosed.

Participating in this research may be of no direct benefit to you. It is believed, however, the aggregate results from this project may help firms improve their blogging policies.

Research data will be confidential to the extent allowed by law. Agencies with research oversight, in particular the University of Hawaii Committee on Human Studies, have the authority to review research data. All research records will be stored in a locked file or secure computer storage in the primary investigators office for the duration of the research project. All identifying research records will be destroyed upon completion of the project.

Participation in this research project is completely voluntary. You are free to withdraw from participation at any time during the duration of the project with no penalty, or loss of benefit to which you would otherwise be entitled.

If you have any questions regarding this research project, please contact the researcher, Dan Smith at (808) 951-4632, email smithdan@hawaii.edu.

If you have any questions regarding your rights as a research participant, please contact the University of Hawaii Committee on Human Studies at (808) 956-5007.

I have read and understand the above information, and agree to participate in this research project.

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