Informed Consent to Participate in a Research Study
Principal Investigator: Dr.
Christopher Groening, Assistant Professor of Marketing and Entrepreneurship, Kent State University
You are invited to participate in
a research study. This consent form will provide you with
information on the research project, what you will need to
do, and the associated risks and benefits of the research.
Your participation is voluntary. Please read this form
carefully. It is important that you fully understand the
research in order to make an informed decision. You can
print and retain a copy of this document for your review and
The purpose of this study is to understand how you perceive
a company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) and
corporate social irresponsibility (CSiR).
You will be presented with questions regarding your
perception of a randomly chosen company’s CSR and
CSiR. You should answer honestly. We value your feedback.
If you are accessing the survey from mTurk, then one of the
potential benefits of participating is a small amount of
monetary compensation. Aside from this nominal compensation,
this study will not benefit you directly; however, your
participation will help researchers and the public to better
understand public perception of CSR and CSiR.
Risks and Discomforts
There are no anticipated physical or mental risks
associated with this study beyond those encountered in
everyday life. You are free to exit and withdraw from the
study at any point without any penalty.
Privacy and Confidentiality
No personally identifiable information will be collected in
this study. Research participants will not be identified in
any publication or presentation of research results.
You must be over the age of 18 to participate. You may
choose not to participate or you may discontinue your
participation at any time.
If you have any questions or concerns about this research,
you may contact Dr. Christopher Groening at 330-672-3927.
This project has been approved by the Kent State University
Institutional Review Board. If you have any questions about
your rights as a research participant or complaints about
the research, you may call the IRB at 330-672-2704.