Realistic Approach and Automatization of Management Simulation Games Focused on Improving Entrepreneurship Outcomes for Users. Research by Olga Gould. University of Victoria.

You are invited to participate in a study entitled Realistic Approach and Automatization of Management Simulation Games Focused on Improving Entrepreneurship Outcomes for Users that is being conducted by Olga Gould.

Olga Gould is a Graduate Student in the department of Computer Science at the University of Victoria and you may contact her if you have further questions by phone 250-686-8499 or email olgagould@uvic.ca

As a graduate student, I am required to conduct research as part of the requirements for a degree Computer Science. It is being conducted under the supervision of Dr. Alex Thomo. You may contact my supervisor at 250-472-5700

Purpose and Objectives

The purpose of this research project is to evaluate how Management Simulation Games could improve Entrepreneurship Outcomes for Users. The game will evaluate how the user is understanding the concepts of entrepreneurship and training the user in order to motivate him/her to feel more comfortable to create a company.

Importance of this Research

Research of this type is important because this research intends to give structure to all the user´s skills including the natural skills, to create a self-sufficient company or to know how to manage it in their future professional practice.

In developing countries there is limited access to professional education and considering the migration and refugee crisis we are experiencing in the world, there are very few opportunities of immediate employment.
Although here in Canada the government is interested in train newcomers, some skilled immigrants are facing the crude reality of not finding a job that motivates them and helps them grow.

Participants Selection

You are being asked to participate in this study because the Business Simulation game needs to be tested on a population that is learning about entrepreneurship. It is intended to be a learning tool in class.

It is optimal if the simulation game is used by users that understand the principles of various disciplines needed to create a business, such as marketing, operations, accounting, etc.

What is involved

If you consent to voluntarily participate in this research, your participation will include answering operational questions related to the virtual company created in the game. It will also ask you about your experience using the simulation game. No personal information will be collected. As the game is not collecting any information, if in the middle of the game you decide to withdraw, I will not have a way to link you to the information you submitted.

Please be advised that information about your experience that is gathered for this research study that does not include identifiable information uses an online program located in the U.S. or a program that can be accessed from the US (FluidSurveys). As such, there is a possibility that information about your experience (not your identity) may be accessed without your knowledge or consent by the US government in compliance with the US Freedom Act.

Inconvenience

Participation in this study may cause some inconvenience to you, including not agreeing with the results of the test or getting tired for the prolonged use of the screen. Users will be playing a maximum of 20 minutes at the time for a maximum of four days

Risks

There are no known or anticipated risks to you by participating in this research.

Benefits

The potential benefits of your participation in this research the participants will understand to focus their natural strengths to create their own company. Understand and manage their weakness in an entrepreneurial environment with ethics and social consciousness. It will give a motivation to be independent and be self-employees.
Helping others to create a company will boost the industry on the west coast of Canada as it will create more jobs.
It will help other researches to find other ways to promote entrepreneurship.

Voluntary Participation

Your participation in this research must be completely voluntary. If you do decide to participate, you may withdraw at any time without any consequences or any explanation. If you do withdraw from the study the data you entered will not be used.

Researcher’s Relationship with Participants

The researcher might be in a perceived power-over relationship with the potential participants because the researcher is providing these lectures, (i.e., as lecturer-student).

To help prevent this relationship from influencing your decision to participate, the following steps to prevent coercion have been taken: Your participation is not mandatory and that if you choose to play you will do it anonymously. You should not feel obligated to answer the questions.

As the game is not collecting any information, if in the middle of the game you decide to withdraw, I will not have a way to link the person to the information you submitted.

Anonymity

In terms of protecting your anonymity please do not enter any personal information in the open questions asked. No personal information is required in any questions and there is not a way to track or link your name with the information you submited.

Confidentiality

Your confidentiality and the confidentiality of the data will be protected as any of your personal information will be storage

Dissemination of Results

It is anticipated that the results of this study will be shared with others in the following ways: It will be presented to the supervisor and the thesis dissertation or lecture if asked to.

Commercial Use of Results

This research may lead to a commercial product or service as it might be part of a published book about the subject of this research.

Disposal of Data

Data from this study will be not be disposed as any of the personal information is not collected.

In addition, you may verify the ethical approval of this study, or raise any concerns you might have, by contacting the Human Research Ethics Office at the University of Victoria (250-472-4545 or ethics@uvic.ca).

By completing and submitting the questionnaire, YOUR FREE AND INFORMED CONSENT IS IMPLIED and indicates that you understand the above conditions of participation in this study and that you have had the opportunity to have your questions answered by the researchers.

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