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The Dehybridization of Social Enterprises

CUREC Approval Reference: SSH_SBS_C1A_20_65 

General Information 

Thank you for contributing to the Community Interest Company Survey, the aim of this study is to understand how Community Interest Companies in the United Kingdom transform from being CIC’s to either charities, for-profit companies, or CIO’s.  You have been invited to participate as you are over 18 years of age and either an employee, owner, or board member of a company that is currently or used to be a Community Interest Company (CIC) in the United Kingdom.

Please read through this information before agreeing to participate by responding to the prompts below. This research is being conducted by Magdalena Plesa, a doctoral student from the Said Business School at the University of Oxford.  The information provided in this survey will be used to complete a Doctoral Thesis and may be published in academic journals and reports on Social Enterprises. The purpose of this research is to identify obstacles, support, and cultivate social enterprises globally.

Do I have to take part? 

Please note that your participation is voluntary. If you do decide to take part, you may withdraw at any point during the questionnaire for any reason before submitting your answers, by pressing the ‘Exit’ button/closing the browser.  

How will my data be used? 

Your answers will be completely anonymous, and I will take all reasonable measures to ensure that they remain confidential. Your data will be stored in a password-protected file and may be used in academic publications. Research data will be stored for a minimum of three years after publication.

The survey should take about 8 minutes to complete. Survey takers will need to provide rough percentage data on funding and staffing information.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The survey cannot be saved as a work in progress, so please make sure this information is available before you start.

Who will have access to my data? 

Only the primary researcher, Magdalena Plesa and her supervisor, Tom Lawrence will have access to the raw data provided in the survey. Once the survey has ended, all affiliating information will be anonymized and only grouped data will be provided in future studies or to share with other researchers. Any personal information that could identify you will be removed or changed before files are shared with other researchers or results are made public. This will be done by anonymizing names of individuals and numbering companies, as well as aggregating any personal data before providing to other researchers. Responsible members of the University of Oxford may be given access to data for monitoring and/or audit of the study to ensure we are complying with guidelines, or as otherwise required by law. This project is being completed under the supervision of Prof. Tom Lawrence and Prof. Alex Nicholls. This project has been reviewed by, and received ethics clearance through, the University of Oxford Central University Research Ethics Committee SSH_SBS_C1A_20_65.   

Who do I contact if I have a communication need about the study or wish to make further contributions or suggestions? 

If you have a communication need or suggestion about any aspect of this study, please do not hesitate to contact the survey designer, Magdalena Plesa on or their supervisor Tom Lawrence via and we will do our best to answer your query. I will aim to acknowledge your communication need within 10 working days and give you an indication of how it will be dealt with.  If you wish to make a formal complaint, please contact the Chair of the Research Ethics Committee at the University of Oxford who will seek to resolve the matter as soon as possible: Saïd Business School Departmental Research Ethics Committee at the University of Oxford at

Please note that you may only participate in this survey if you are 18 years of age or over.

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