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Executives in the Private Economy

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Brinkmann, Gerhard (Forschungsstelle für empirische Sozialökonomik, Köln)
Publication Date
  • Forschungsstelle fuer empirische Sozialoekonomik, Koeln (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Occupation, Profession
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Employment
    • Business/industrial management and organisation
    • Elites and leadership
  • Abstract

    Requirements of executives in the private economy and their occupational career. Topics: Course of education and professional history; activity areas in the current company and at earlier places of work; position in the company; professional image; degree of solidarity with the company; work satisfaction; presence of organization plan and job description; perceived prospects of promotion; knowledge about the salary of colleagues, superiors and subordinates; criteria in selection of place of work and situation in the job market at last change of position; influences of social environment at change of place of work; occupational opportunities in the area of place of residence; criteria for occupational success; length of training time; reading technical literature and personal publications; participation in occupational further education events; occupational activities abroad; attitude to psychological tests as instrument of applicant selection for positions of leadership; membership in a professional organization; personal school grades; attitude to achievement-oriented child-raising; educational goals; social origins. Beyond this the respondents kept self-observation records in which on several days the most important activities were described in detail according to time expended, type of activity, interaction partner, necessary knowledge etc. Demography: age; sex; age und number of siblings; position in sibling sequence; school education; vocational training; occupation; professional career; income; housing situation; regional origins.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1968-04 / 1968-11
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG without West Berlin
Sampled Universe
Executives in large concerns with at least five years of occupational experience.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage random sample
Collection Mode
  • Written survey as well as self-observation with standardized questionnaire.
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 1973
Besides the data set described also the data on all in all 33336 self-observations is available on 2 cards each. The self-observation data can be assigned to the survey data. For one respondent there are at most 25 self-observation forms. A comparable investigation for the area of public administration is archived under ZA Study No. 0982.
A - Data and documents are released for academic research and teaching.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA0369 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Brinkmann, Gerhard: Berufsanforderungen und Berufsausbildung: Zur Bestimmung des Bedarfs an hochqualifizierten Arbeitskräften. Tübingen: Mohr 1970
  • Brinkmann, Gerhard; Rippe, Wolfgang: Die Erfassung der Leistungsansprüche an Führungskräfte der Wirtschaft. Köln: Westdeutscher Verlag 1969 (Forschungsberichte des Landes NRW, Nr. 2049)

Update Metadata: 2020-10-20 | Issue Number: 94 | Registration Date: 2010-07-21

Brinkmann, Gerhard (1968): Führungskräfte der Wirtschaft. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.