• Letter of Information
  • Select Concepts
  • Relatedness
  • Project Outcome
  • ISD Preferences
  • Project Environment
  • Background Information
  • Finish

Letter of Information

Dear participant,

Thank you for considering participation in this study titled Managing Information Systems Development: What’s on Your Mind? by Yi-Te Chiu, Ph.D. candidate in Management Information Systems at Queen’s School of Business, under the supervision of Dr. Sandy Staples. The objective of this study is to discover Information Systems Development (ISD) professionals’ beliefs and preferences about the management of ISD projects. The findings from this study will serve as the basis for our next research project regarding collaboration and coordination issues in ISD project teams.

Eligibility

To participate, you must have at least 1 year of experience in an ISD project(s). Your role could be a project manager, business/system analyst, business/system architect, programmer, tester, consultant, or a similar ISD project role.

Tasks:

This survey will take you around 25-40 minutes, depending on the number of ISD concepts you identify. Some of the questions will ask for your beliefs of the relationships between different ISD concepts such as how related “Project monitoring and tracking” is to “Project transparency”. The definition of each concept will be provided. You will also be asked to rate your preference for different ISD concepts, such as how desirable “Iterative and incremental development” is in my preferred way to implementing ISD projects.

Risks and Benefits:

The survey does not involve any known physical, economic, or social risks. In appreciation for your time and effort, you would receive a $10 gift card. Additionally, as a study participant, you may request copies of reports generated from this research. You could learn from this study about how the concepts ISD professionals feel are important and related, and how different views affect individual work behaviors and team functioning.

Confidentiality:

Your responses will be anonymous and treated with the strictest confidence. Should you find any question objectionable, we encourage you to skip the question. Omission of answers will not affect any benefits to which you are entitled. We hope to publish academic papers from this data, but only anonymous, summarized information will be presented. The data will be stored for five years on password-protected computers inside locked rooms, and cannot be traced to identifiable information. You may request a copy of the study’s final results by filling in your contact information at the end of the questionnaire. This personal information will be stored separately from your responses.

We hope to publish academic papers from this data, but only anonymous, summarized information will be presented. The data will be stored for five years on password-protected computers inside locked rooms, and cannot be traced to identifiable information. You may request a copy of the study’s final results by filling in your contact information at the end of the questionnaire. This personal information will be stored separately from your responses.

Contacts and Questions:

This study has been granted clearance according to Canadian ethics guidelines and Queen’s University policies. If you have any questions about this study, feel free to contact me at the email addresses below. You can also address your concerns to the Chair of the Queen’s University General Research Ethics Board (613-533-6081, chair.greb@queensu.ca).

Thank you for your interest in our study. If you agree to participate, please click the 'Continue' button on the lower right-hand corner.

Yours sincerely,

Yi-Te Chiu
PhD candidate
Queen’s School of Business,
Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6 Canada
ychiu@business.queensu.ca
613-484-5691

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