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Research invitation - Examining Diversity and Organisational Outcomes

You are invited to participate in a research study conducted by University of Canterbury researchers, Sushmita Morajkar, Dr Kumar Yogeeswaran, and Professor Katharina Naswall. If you have any questions or concerns about this research, please contact Sushmita Morajkar (sushmita.morajkar@pg.canterbury.ac.nz) or Dr Kumar Yogeeswaran (kumar.yogeeswaran@canterbury.ac.nz).

Purpose of the Study:
The purpose of this study is to examine attitudes towards diversity and some important organisational outcomes. If you choose to participate in this study, you will be requested to answer some questions pertaining to your ethnicity and demographics of your organisation. Following this, some statements will be presented that can be answered by choosing the most appropriate response. The entire study will take approximately 15 minutes to complete and can be completed at separate time points.

Procedure:
By choosing to participate in this study, firstly you will be asked to respond to a number of statements. The first set of statements are directed towards gaining information about your attitudes towards diversity and what you perceive your organisation’s attitude towards diversity is. Following this, some statements related to organisational outcomes will be displayed. You are required to choose appropriate responses to the given statements.

Potential Risks And Discomforts:
There are no known risks associated with this research. Participation in this study is voluntary and your responses will be entirely confidential. In other words, your identity will never be revealed and your data will be reported in a manner that makes it impossible for others to identify your responses.

Potential Benefits To Participants And Organisations:
Organisations: The results may allow organisations to be better equipped in managing diversity, which is critical, especially for New Zealand businesses, as population has become increasingly diverse.
Participants: You can enter a lucky draw to win Westfield Vouchers (3 Westfield vouchers, each worth $150) or an iPad (worth $539). To enter the lucky draw, you will be required to provide us with your contact details. These include name and preferred email address. The results of the lucky draw will most likely be communicated by the first week of October. In addition to this, you will also be provided with an opportunity to receive a summary of the results if you choose.

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