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Social Networks and Television Manager Turnover, 1997: [United States]

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Davern, Michael
  • Hachen, David S. Jr.
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
broadcasting; career choice; employee benefits; job history; job satisfaction; occupational mobility; occupational status; social networks; television
  • Abstract

    The objective of this study was to collect data that could be used to analyze the relationship between social networks and job mobility. This dataset contains systematic network data on respondents and their contacts, information on the respondents' job search activities, and employment history data. These data were collected from United States television station managers through a mail survey, from October 1997 to January 1998. A systematic random sample of 609 managers was drawn from the Television and Cable Factbook, with 283 completed surveys returned. Respondents were asked to make comparisons between their current and previous positions in the areas of benefits, income, job prestige, station prestige, work experience, and coworkers. Those queried were asked to describe their professional business contacts both within and outside of the television industry, and to comment on how those relationships affected their career decisions. In addition, respondents were asked how much time they devoted to keeping informed about job openings within their field, and what sources provided them with such information. Specifically, they were asked how many opportunities they learned of through trade publications, newspapers, employment agencies and head hunters, colleagues at other television stations, their current employer, and other employers. Respondents were asked whether they found any jobs of interest to them through those sources, whether they applied for the positions, and whether they were offered a job. Background information on respondents includes age, sex, education, marital status, number of children in household, employment status and history, and the age and sex of their colleagues.
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    • DS1: Dataset
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Collection Mode
  • (1) The data are provided as an SPSS portable file. (2) This collection has not been processed by ICPSR staff. ICPSR is distributing the data and documentation for this collection in essentially the same form in which they were received. When appropriate, hardcopy documentation has been converted to machine-readable form and variables have been recoded to ensure respondents' anonymity.

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Alternative Identifiers
  • 2650 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR02650.v1

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Davern, Michael; Hachen, David S. Jr. (1999): Social Networks and Television Manager Turnover, 1997: [United States]. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.