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Informed Consent

You are invited to participate in an interview about red tape, sludge, and administrative burden that you experience, or have experienced, as part of your day-to-day job. The interview is being conducted in conjunction with a Ph.D. student’s doctoral dissertation. This letter gives you more information about the interview. Taking part in the interview is up to you. You can say no if you want to.

Working Title of Project

Understanding Global Leaders’ Lived Experiences with Red Tape: A Qualitative Study of New South Wales Government Administrative Leaders with Global Leadership Responsibilities


The purpose of this research is to understand the New South Wales government administrative leaders’ lived experiences with, and perceptions of, red tape in performing their day-to-day jobs. 

Why You Are Being Asked to Participate

You are being asked to participate because you were identified as a leader in the New South Wales government whose job includes global leadership responsibilities. Your participation will help to create an understanding of the work lives of government administrative leaders who have global leadership roles and responsibilities.


Funding for this study comes from (insert source). 


All data you share with the researcher will be confidential to the extent permitted by law. You will not be expected to share any confidential information about customers, colleagues, or national security. Your name will not be used in the presentation of the final study results. The data you share will be analyzed along with interview data from approximately 10 other participants. 


There will be no physical risk or harm in participating in this study. The possibility of psychological risk and harm is minimal to nonexistent.

Benefits, Freedom to Withdraw

By signing this form, you understand that this project is for research. You also understand the study is not designed to help you personally. You will not be compensated for participating. Your participation is voluntary and will help the researcher learn more about government administrative leaders’ lived experiences with red tape. If you choose to participate, you can ask questions at any time. You can also stop participating at any time and ask the researcher to delete your interview data. 

Statement of Participant Age 

By signing this form, you affirm that you are over 18 years of age, in good physical health, and wish to participate in research being conducted by (Name) a doctoral student at the Indiana Institute of Technology in Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States of America. 

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