Job Satisfaction Among Expatriates
INFORMED CONSENT FORM
Study Title: Job satisfaction among expatriates
Researcher: Edgar Mendiola
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone Number: (435-518-5068)
Research Supervisor: Dr. Marc Muchnick
Email Address: Mark.email@example.com
You are invited to be part of a research study. The researcher is a doctoral learner at Capella
University in the School of [Business and Technology]. The information in this form is provided
to help you decide if you want to participate. The form describes what you will do during the
study and the risks and benefits of the study.
If you have any questions or do not understand something in this form, you should ask the
researcher. Do not sign this form unless the researcher has answered your questions and you
decide that you want to be part of this study.
WHAT IS THIS STUDY ABOUT? The researcher wants to learn about specifically what
contributes to or detracts from satisfaction of returning expatriates.
WHY AM I BEING ASKED TO BE IN THE STUDY? You are invited to be in the study
1) Have served an assignment(s) in a foreign country.
2) Have been back in the United States for no longer than two years.
3) Work in the same company for which they worked outside the United States.
About 12 participants will be in this study.
CONFLICT OF INTEREST DISCLOSURE The researcher is not employed at this organization
so he is not receiving any funds to conduct this study. The researcher will not be paid for
conducting the study.
HOW LONG WILL I BE IN THE STUDY? If you decide to participate in this study, your
participation will require to spend at last about one to two-hour interviews. You will have to have
access to a phone line and a computer with internet access; communication will take place via
telephone, email, Skype, Zoom, or freeconference.com
WHAT WILL HAPPEN DURING THIS STUDY? If you decide to be in this study and you sign
this form, you will be required to do the following:
Participate in interviews that will be conducted via freeconference.com; the use of this service
will allow the scheduling of meetings in advance, on the phone or via the Internet, and also allow
meetings via Skype, Zoom, Facebook, and it will also provide a transcript of the interview
-Give personal information about yourself, such as where you serve your foreign
assignment, how long you lived there, and job satisfaction while you were serving your
-Allow a researcher to observe you while you are interviewed.
While you are in the study, you will be expected to:
-Follow the instructions you are given.
-Tell the researcher if you want to stop being in the study at any time.
WILL I BE RECORDED? The researcher will record your answers during the interviews. The
researcher will use freeconference.com in order to record your answers accurately.
The researcher will only use the recordings of you for the purposes you read about in this form.
They will not use the recordings for any other reasons without your permission unless you sign
another consent form. The recordings will be kept for seven years and they will be kept
confidential. The recordings will be destroyed after seven years.
WILL BEING IN THIS STUDY HELP ME? Being in this study will not help you. Information
from this study might help researchers help others in the future.
ARE THERE RISKS TO ME IF I AM IN THIS STUDY? No study is completely risk-free.
However, we don't anticipate that you will be harmed or distressed during this study. You may
stop being in the study at any time if you become uncomfortable.
WILL I GET PAID? No. Participation in this study is solely voluntary.
You will not receive any compensation from the researcher for being in the study.
DO I HAVE TO BE IN THIS STUDY? Your participation in this study is voluntary. You can
decide not to be in the study and you can change your mind about being in the study at any given
time. There will be no penalty to you. If you want to stop being in the study, tell the researcher.
The researcher can remove you from the study at any time. This could happen if:
-The researcher believes it is best for you to stop being in the study.
-You do not follow directions about the study.
-You no longer meet the inclusion criteria to participate.
WHO WILL USE AND SHARE INFORMATION ABOUT MY BEING IN THIS STUDY?
Any information you provide in this study that could identify you such as your name, age, or
other personal information will be kept confidential. Computer files will be encrypted and
password-protected to secure the participant's information; these computer files should be shared
exclusively if the participants agreed to dissemination when they signed the consent form.
All materials related to the study will be kept for seven years according to Capella University's
guidelines; after that period, all materials will be destroyed.
Your name and personal information are not going to be used to identify you in this study; you
will be identified with a number. In any written reports or publications, no one will be able to
The researcher will keep the information you provide in a computer where files will be encrypted
and password-protected to secure your information to be exposed, and only the researcher,
researcher's supervisor and the dissertation committee will have access to your study data.
Additionally, Capella University's IRB, the Research Compliance Committee (RCC), or its
designees may review your research records.
Generally speaking, the researcher can assure you that she/he will keep everything you tell
him/her or do for the study private. Yet there are times where the researcher cannot keep things
private (confidential). The researcher cannot keep things private (confidential) when:
-The researcher finds out that a child or vulnerable adult has been abused
-The researcher finds out that a person plans to hurt him or herself, such as commit
-The researcher finds out that a person plans to hurt someone else,
There are laws that require many professionals to take action if they think a person is at risk for
self-harm or are self-harming, harming another, or if a child or adult is being abused. In addition,
there are guidelines that researchers must follow to make sure all people are treated with respect
and kept safe. In most states, there is a government agency that must be told if someone is being
abused or plans to self-harm or harm another person. Please ask any questions you may have
about this issue before agreeing to be in the study. It is important that you do not feel betrayed if
it turns out that the researcher cannot keep some things private.
WHO CAN I TALK TO ABOUT THIS STUDY? You can ask questions about the study at any
time. You can call the researcher if you have any concerns or complaints. You should contact the
researcher using the information listed on page 1 of this form if you have questions about the
study procedures, study costs (if any), study payment (if any), or if you get hurt or sick during
Capella University's Institutional Review Board (IRB) has been established to protect the rights
and welfare of human research participants. Contact us at 1-888-227-3552, extension 7839 or at
firstname.lastname@example.org for any of the following reasons:
-You have questions about your rights as a research participant.
-You wish to discuss problems or concerns.
-You have suggestions to improve the participant experience.
- You do not feel comfortable talking with the researcher.
You may contact the IRB without giving us your name. We may need to reveal information you
provide in order to follow up if you report a problem or concern.
Location: Ogden, Utah