The paper "Saudi Arabian Stock Exchange" is a perfect example of a business assignment. You are being invited to participate in a research study, which is a key part of my doctoral research project. Through this project, I hope to contribute to a better understanding of the use and effectiveness of strategic management tools. My project has three primary objectives: First, to identify the strategic management tools used by firms listed on the Saudi stock exchange; second, to investigate the effectiveness of these tools in terms of firm performance as they are applied by the firms which use them.
And finally, the study will investigate other internal and external factors that have an impact on the success of firms’ strategic management decisions. Apart from meeting the requirements for my doctoral degree, it is my overall goal with this research is to provide insights that will help firms choose relevant strategic management tools to help achieve positive results in general performance measures, according to the areas of organizational strategies, strategic planning, or control techniques within their businesses. Your participation in this research is thus extremely valuable not only to this particular study but to the wider body of management knowledge.
Before you decide to participate, however, the information presented in the rest of this information sheet describes the project in more detail, explains exactly what your participation in the study will entail, and details what your rights as a participant are, and measures that are being taken to eliminate any risks to you that may arise as a result of your participation. After reading this information sheet, you may ask me any questions you may have, and I have provided my contact details for that purpose; I would be pleased to provide you further information if you need it, so please do not hesitate to inquire.
In addition, while I shall be very grateful for your kind assistance by participating in the study, you are under no obligation to do so; should you decline to participate after reading the information below, that is at your discretion, and I thank you very much for your time. In addition, please be aware that authorization for presenting this information to you and, should you decide to do so, for you to participate in the study has already been kindly granted by your employer; thus you need not be concerned about any possible sanctions due to your participation in the research during working hours. What is the objective of the research project? This study is investigating the application and effectiveness of strategic management tools among firms listed on the Saudi Arabian stock exchange.
The broad area of inquiry is the relationship between strategic management tools and firm performance, and in order to investigate that relationship fully, we must consider not only the different forms of strategic management tools but also an appropriate context by which to define firm performance.
For this study, the investigation will focus on managers’ perceptions of their firms’ performance in relation to their use of strategic management tools; the firms being investigated in this context are companies from a variety of business sectors listed on the Saudi Arabian stock exchange. The outcomes of the study will shed light on which strategic management tools are most effective under a variety of conditions, and will provide valuable insights to businesses seeking to enhance or improve the results of their strategic management and planning. You have been selected as a potential participant in this study because your position within your organisation indicates that you have valuable insights into planning, strategic management processes and tools, and aspects of firm performance.
You will be among 40 participants selected to take part in this study, and your views will be very important in achieving the overall goals of the research project. What will I be asked to do in the study? You will be asked to complete an 18-question survey, which will gather information from your perspective about your firm, your position and experience, the kinds of strategic management tools used by your firm, and your impressions of the effectiveness of using those strategic management tools.
This survey, which should take 10 to 15 minutes to complete, will be administered in person, although if that is inconvenient, you may complete the survey by telephone or e-mail. Following the survey, you may be asked to take part in a one-on-one semi-structured interview, which you may choose or decline to participate in at your discretion.
This interview will be conducted at your office or place of business, or at another location such as a café or other public place both convenient comfortable for you, and will take approximately 45 minutes to one hour to complete. This interview will explore in greater detail information from the survey, specifically about your perceptions of your firm’ s performance and the factors that contribute to it. What happens to the data collected? The survey responses will be recorded both on paper copies of the surveys and digitally; interviews will be recorded for accuracy – although you may decline to have your interview recorded if you wish – and through my notes taken during the interview.
All the information gathered will be organized, analysed, and presented as part of a written doctoral dissertation. The dissertation or parts of it may in the future be published in academic and peer-reviewed journals, and summaries of the findings will be available upon request to firms and individuals participating in the research.
The survey and the interview formats have been carefully designed, however, to ensure complete anonymity for all participants, so that your identity, the identity of your firm, or sensitive business information is not inadvertently disclosed. How is confidentiality maintained? The research project has been carefully designed so that the names of firms and individuals will not be needed in the research data, to ensure the complete security of all participants; your firm will only be identified by the general type of business and its relative size, and you will only be identified by a general description of your position and years of experience.
To further ensure the security of the information collected, only the principal researcher (myself) and my dissertation supervisory team at the university will have access to the data, which will be kept under lock and key (in the case of paper copies) or password-protected digital files. In accordance with University policy, all data will be destroyed after ten years or when related publications are deemed completed, whichever comes first. May I decline to participate? What happens if I change my mind after we begin? Your participation in the research is entirely voluntary, and you may decline to participate if you do not wish to take part in it.
If you do decide to participate but change your mind later and do not wish to continue, you may do so, and need not provide an explanation. In that case, any information collected from you to that point will be removed and safely discarded. Will I be paid for participating in the research? Because of your participation in this academic study is voluntary, no payment will be made for taking part in the research.
You will be making a valuable contribution to the body of management knowledge, and will through your participation, it is sincerely hoped, gain insights that you may later be able to put to practical use in your own business. How long does the research project last? The entire research process will last as long as three years, of which four to six months will be spent in gathering and analyzing the research data. Your part in the extended process, however, will only require a maximum of one to one-and-one-half hours. Where will the research be conducted? The research is being carried out among business firms in Saudi Arabia, mostly, but not limited to, firms in and around the city of Riyadh.
The final product of this research project will be a doctoral thesis, which will be available in its entirety in the library of the University of Manchester. Parts of the dissertation or a revised version of it may also be published in academic or other peer-reviewed journals in the future. In addition, a summary of the findings and conclusion of the study will be available to research participants upon request. What if I have questions or complaints? If at any time you have questions about the research project, you may feel free to contact me (my contact details are provided at the end of this form).
If you wish to confirm the validity of this research activity or have complaints or concerns that you feel I am unable to satisfactorily address, you may contact the Head of the Research Office of the university; those contact details are also included below.