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Hi Network Folks:
I am presently working on a pilot survey regarding problem finding/solving in organizations (not only firms) and in particular how people overcome barriers to effective problem identification/selection/solution. I am not currently gathering network data on this early go-around :-(
I KNOW, however, some (many?) of you possess expertise/interest in this area or related areas, and I wanted to respectfully ask you to have a look at the survey (it is relatively short) and I ask that you please fill in the survey if you think you are a good candidate to do so.
Thanks in advance for your consideration of this request!
Here is my "cover" letter to individual potential respondents:
I am part of a team conducting a pilot international survey of
"experts" with experience in problem finding in organizations (practically speaking this
is sometimes called project choice or project scope definition). This
email is your invitation to participate.
Your responses will be completely anonymous, and your name will never be matched to the data you provide.
The survey explores problem finding in organizations and teams, and the issues people encounter when they try
to find good problems to solve. We are also interested in how people
remedy serious barriers to engaging in good problem finding practices.
Please click the link below ONLY if
(1) you are at least 18 years old, AND
(2) you feel comfortable describing yourself as possessing expertise
in ANY one of these areas: design, new product development, management,
innovation, finance, marketing, operations, human resources, training,
management development, education, research.
We define having expertise as: you have led at least one team to complete a project in the past.
Here is the link to the survey--it should take 10-15 minutes max.:
If you have comments or questions, please contact the Principal Investigator at [log in to unmask] or reply directly to me, Bruce Heiman, [log in to unmask]
Thank you in advance for your participation in this pilot research
project. Note that we welcome your comments on the survey instrument
at the end (there is a box to respond with your thoughts on the survey)--feel free to offer critique--this is a work in progress!
P.S. Participation is completely voluntary. If you choose to participate, that decision comprises your informed consent.
Also: If you are receiving this message and are based outside the USA, then please remember to fill in the country in question 2 on the first page of the survey(!) Thanks. -bh
Bruce Heiman, Assistant Professor
International Business Dept.
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave. San Francisco, CA 94132
email: [log in to unmask], [log in to unmask]
post: 1600 Holloway Ave. San Francisco, CA 94132
ph: 650.575.8220 (m), 415.405.0596 (office)
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