Explanatory Statement

Title: Cultural policies and the attitudes of the Australian-Indonesian business relationship

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My name is Kathryn McMorrow and I am conducting a research project with Mr. Paul Thomas, coordinator of the Indonesian Studies Program towards a Honours Degree of Bachelor of Arts at Monash University. This means that I will be writing an 18,000 word thesis.

I am conducting this research to find out the perceptions and attitudes of business students in regards to the need for intercultural communication. This research focuses on Southeast Asia, and in particular Indonesian, because of the recent government impetus for students to improve Asia literacy and learn an Asian language, however these approaches often don’t take into account students motivations and perceptions.

Possible Benefits
The results of this survey will be beneficial for both students and policy makers because it will give a greater awareness and understanding to intercultural communication competence. Focusing on student’s perceptions sheds a different perspective of policies and can further develop policies to be more effective.

Details of Project
This research involves the completing an online survey, which will take around 15 minutes, and afterwards the option to participate in an interview, which will take around 30 minutes.

Risk and Harm Minimisation
Apart from a 15 minute inconvenience, it is foreseeable that this interview will not cause any discomfort, harm or side-effects. Participation can be withdrawn at any time. All statements are totally anonymous, thus no one in the interview will be identified.

Consent and Withdrawal of Research
Completing the survey is voluntary and you are under no obligation to consent to participation.

Storage of Data
Storage of the data collected will adhere to the University regulations and kept on University premises in a locked cupboard/filing cabinet for 5 years. A report of the study may be submitted for publication, but individual participants will not be identifiable in such a report.

Use of Data for Other Purposes
This data may be used for other purposes, but will remain anonymous, and totally unidentifiable.

If you would like to be informed of the aggregate research finding, please contact Mr. Paul Thomas. The findings are accessible for one year.
If you would like to contact the supervisor about any aspect of this study, please contact the Chief Investigator: If you have a complaint concerning the manner in which this research is being conducted, please contact:

Mr. Paul Thomas
(03) 9905 2243

Executive Officer, Human Research Ethics
Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee (MUHREC)
Building 3e Room 111
Research Office
Monash University VIC 3800

Tel: +61 3 9905 2052
Fax: +61 3 9905 3831
Email: muhrec@monash.edu

Thank you.

Kathryn McMorrow