Invitation to Participate: Boston University Study on Workplace Misconduct

By: Boston University’s Questrom School of Business


Date:  July 2, 2019
Contact:  Sanaz Mobasseri, PhD, 312-752-8849; Jessica Simes, PhD, 617-650-4387




My name is Sanaz Mobasseri and I am an Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business. My coauthor, Dr. Jessica Simes in the Sociology Department, and I are studying how companies respond to allegations of workplace misconduct and how they shape decisions about people’s employment.

We are inviting you to participate in this research study because we think we can learn a great deal from your unique perspective and rich work experiences in human resources, diversity inclusion, or employee relations within the U.S. finance and technology industries.

Because there is very little research on how employee allegations of misconduct are documented and shared with current and future employers, the results of this study can offer managers specific guidance about how to address and respond to misconduct in their own workplaces. Study results will be written up and shared with participants.

Your participation would consist of a one-time interview with me or a member of my research team. Interviews typically last thirty minutes, and can be done via webinar, conference call, or in-person. Interviews will be very conversational in style. You will be free to elaborate on any topic you would like to or pass on any questions that you prefer not to answer.

Due to the sensitive nature of these topics, we are committed to maintaining the highest level of confidentiality for your interview. No identifying information about you or your employer will ever be linked to the data from your interview, and we can stop recording or interviewing at any point. All data, files, and research notes will be stored on password-protected encrypted drives that are only accessible to members of the research team. If you are interested in participating, we will provide you with more details about the study procedures, risks, and benefits.

To register to participate, please visit, where you can also find additional information about the study.

Thank you for your consideration. If you would like to discuss further or have any additional questions, you can email us at or contact us individually.