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Archive for April, 2011

Pilot Study Participants Needed

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

Here is what I posted on LinkedIn:

“I am conducting research as part of degree requirements at Northcentral University. I have a survey directed towards supply chain professionals who develop and carry out purchasing strategies. Answers collected in the Pilot Study will provide valuable feedback about the way questions are worded and how the online survey flows. This information will be used to edit and refine the survey before distributing to the focus group. If you would like to participate in the Pilot Study for the purposes of reviewing and commenting on the survey itself, please post your contact information and I will send you a link to the survey. Thank you so very much!”

I hope to find a few folks willing to help out with the Pilot Study. If you would also like to participate in the Pilot Study, contact me at thinkphd@yahoo.com


Approved by the IRB

Friday, April 15th, 2011

I am super-excited today…I received IRB approval to begin data collection!!! Here is the letter (as is my custom, I abbreviated the names)….

April 14, 2011

Reference IRB: 2011-04-05-061

Dear Dr. M, Dissertation Chair:

On April 13, 2011, Northcentral University approved Cynthia’s research project entitled, Dimensions of Purchasing Social Responsibility in Sustainable Supply Chain Organizations.

IRB approval extends for a period of one year and will expire on April 14, 2012.

Please inform the Northcentral University IRB when the project is completed.

Should the project require an extension, an application for an extension must be submitted within three months of the IRB expiration date.

In the interim, if there are any changes in the research protocol described in the proposal, a written change request describing the
proposed changes must be submitted for approval.


Dr. C
IRB Committee Chair
Northcentral University

It was a tough day at work and I am coming down with a cold. So this info was just what I needed today. I am so excited!!

IRB Application: Another waiting game

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

My IRB Application has been in their queue since last Sunday, April 3. I hope to hear something soon. The IRB actually gets up to 21 days to review an Application.

In the meantime, I set up my survey on SurveyGizmo and it looks pretty good. I might set it up on SurveyMonkey as well – I haven’t decided yet.

I am looking for purchasing department industry professionals to review my survey as a pilot test. If you are a buyer, purchasing agent, procurement specialist or have a similar role, let me know. I would love to get your feedback on my survey. Just comment to this post or contact me privately.

This course ends on April 11, and then I will move into DIS9323B. I had really hoped to be collecting data by now, but at least I am continuing to move forward!