Entrepreneurship Study

Research Participants Needed!

Understanding Entrepreneurship at Duke

Study Overview

Duke undergraduate students have the opportunity to participate in a new longitudinal study being conducted to better understand the characteristics of students who participate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship programming, and to examine the kinds of innovative and entrepreneurial behaviors Duke students engage in after graduation.

A primary question we are trying to answer with this research is: To what extent does exposure to college curricula that focuses on entrepreneurship and innovation stimulate entrepreneurship and innovative activity?

This study is being conducted by Dr. David Robinson and Dr. Aaron Chatterji, faculty at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, in partnership with the Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative.

Even if you haven’t had exposure to entrepreneurship programming at Duke, we hope you’ll consider signing up to be a part of our study. As a benefit of participating in the study, you will receive the results from your Gallup Builder Profile 10 Assessment(LINK). In addition, you will receive a $10 Amazon e-gift card and be entered into a raffle for a one-on-one meeting with a luminary Duke leader.

Study Participation

    • Any undergraduate student currently enrolled at Duke University can participate in this study.
    • Initially, study participants will be asked to complete a two-part, online survey that includes a background questionnaire and Gallup’s Builder Profile 10 Assessment.
    • Study participants will also be asked to authorize the release of education records and grant access to their Duke Groups data for use in the study.
    • After study participants graduate from Duke, they will be asked every five years to complete an Alumni Survey.
    • As a benefit, study participants will receive the results from their Gallup’s Builder Profile 10 Assessment at no cost. In addition, they will receive a $10 Amazon e-gift card and be entered into a raffle for one of six one-on-one meetings with a luminary Duke leader.

Study Overview +

What is the name of this study?

The name of this study is Understanding Entrepreneurship at Duke.

What is the purpose of this study?

The purpose of this study is to better understand the characteristics of students who participate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship programming and to examine the kinds of innovative and entrepreneurial behaviors Duke students engage in after graduation.

Who is conducting this study?

Dr. David Robinson and Dr. Aaron Chatterji, professors in Fuqua School of Business, in association with the Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative, are conducting this research study. Camille Warren is coordinating this research study.

How long will this study run?

This is a longitudinal study that will be active for approximately 20 years (i.e., 2017 until 2037).

Who should I contact if I have questions, concerns, or comments about the research study?

Contact the Research Project Manager, Camille Warren (camille.l.warren@duke.edu) with questions, concerns, or comments.

Study Participation +

Who can participate in this research study?

Any undergraduate student currently enrolled at Duke University can participate in this research study.

Do I have to participate in this research study?

No, participation in this study is completely voluntary. If you choose not to participate, there will be no negative repercussions for you.

Who will know that I am a part of this study?

Only the Research Project Manager, Camille Warren and data stewards at the Office of the Registrar, the Office of Student Affairs and Institutional Research Office will know who has agreed to participate in this research study. They are required to keep that information confidential.

How long will I be in the study?

You will be in the study until the study ends.

What if I decide to participate and then change my mind?

You can decide to stop participating in this study at any time. Simply call or email the Research Project Manager to indicate that you no longer wish to participate in the study.

Will the results of this research study be shared with participants?

Yes, we will post the interim and final results of this study on the study webpage.

How can I find out more information and/or take part in this study?

Review the Informed Consent Disclosure to find out more about this research study; to participate, contact the Research Project Manager, Camille Warren.

Research Study Activities +

What will I be asked to do as part of this research study?

Study participants will be asked to do the following three things:
•Complete an initial two-part survey: Background Questionnaire and Gallup’s Builder Profile 10 Assessment
•Authorize the release of education records and Duke Groups access data to us; and
•Complete an alumni survey every five years after graduation from Duke

How long will it take to complete the initial two-part survey?

The two-part survey will take approximately 35 minutes to complete.

How long will it take to complete the Alumni Surveys?

The Alumni Survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

Where will the research study activities happen?

All of the research study activities will happen online and can be done in the convenience of your home.

What equipment do I need to complete the study activities?

You will need access to a computer, tablet, or smartphone that is connected to the internet.

Benefits, Risks and Costs +

How will I benefit from participating in this study?

As a benefit of participating in this study, you will receive the results of your Gallup Builder Profile 10 Assessment at no cost.

Will I be compensated for my participation in this study?

Yes, you will receive a $10 Amazon e-gift card for completing the initial two-part survey; you will also be entered into a raffle for one of six one-on-one meetings with a luminary Duke leader.

Is this study safe; what are the risks?

The study poses no physical risks to participants. The only risk known by the researchers is potential embarrassment if education records are accidentally disclosed or accessed by an unauthorized user. We do not know of any additional risks associated with participating in this study, and there may be risks related to the study that are not yet known to us.

How will the researchers protect my identity and data?

Data that includes directly identifying information (e.g., name, email, birthdate, Duke ID, etc.) will be stored in a password protected folder on a secure network (Protected Research Data Network or PRDN) to which only the Research Project Manager will have access. The PRDN is not connected to the internet. Data provided to the study researchers will have all of your direct identifying information removed; your data sets will be identified and linked by a unique study identification number that will be assigned to you. Also, all information we collect from this study will be analyzed and reported as a whole. That is, we will write about groups of people, not about individuals.

What will it cost me to participate in this study?

The study will cost you the time investment to complete the study activities, that is a total of 35 minutes initially, and 15 minutes every five years after you graduate from Duke. There are no financial or material costs associated with participating in this study.

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