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Detroit Area Study, 1972: A Comparative Study on Personnel Practices in Private Firms

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Eidson, Bettye
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Detroit Area Studies Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
Affirmative Action; blue collar workers; businesses; cities; economic behavior; employment discrimination; families; family life; hiring practices; labor force; labor unions; management styles; personnel management; personnel policy; political affiliation; political attitudes; wages and salaries; white collar workers; workplaces
  • Abstract

    This study of 132 adults in managerial, personnel, and supervisory positions in private firms in the Detroit metropolitan area in 1972 provides information on affirmative action in the workplace, as well as company products, type and structure, management style, and profitability. Data are provided on respondents' firms' product lines and services, labor force, assets, profit margins and revenues, salaries and wages, stocks, use of computer technology, supervisors' duties and roles, pension plans, recruitment methods, unions, rates of promotion, dress codes, and work processes. Other items explored respondents' attitudes toward government's efforts to eliminate employment-based racial discrimination, and white collar and blue collar jobs. Demographic variables specify sex, race, education, income, religion, political party affiliation, length of residence in the Detroit area, and length of time in current job and position. More information about the Detroit Area Studies Project is available on this Web site.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1972
  • Collection date: 1972
Geographic Coverage
  • Detroit
  • Michigan
  • United States
A total of 132 adults in managerial, personnel, and supervisory positions in private firms in the Detroit metropolitan area in 1972.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 7905 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR07905.v1
  • Hyclak, T., Taylor, L.W., Stewart, J.B.. Some new historical evidence on the impact of affirmative-action--Detroit, 1972. Review of Black Political Economy.21, (2), 81-98.1992.
    • ID: 10.1007/BF02701737 (DOI)
  • Shenhav, Yehouda, Haberfeld, Yitchak. Organizational Demography and Inequality. Social Forces.71, (1), 123-143.1992.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Miller, Baila Milner. Equal access to equal work: A study of inter-firm variation in the occupational inequality of women. Dissertation, University of Illinois at Chicago. 1980.
  • Miller, Baila. Women in Organizations: The Extent of Occupational Inequality. Association Paper.Midwest Sociological Society (MSS). 1979.
  • Walker, James T.. Disproportional Representation of Black and White Men in Occupational Distributions in Business Establishments: Relation to Organizational and Environmental Characteristics. Association Paper.North Central Sociological Association (NCSA). 1979.
  • Groves, Robert M.. Wage and occupational mobility within firms. American Sociological Association Meeting.. 1976.
  • Groves, Robert M.. Intra-employer status mobility: The role of the firm in wage and occupational achievement. Dissertation, University of Michigan. 1975.
  • Groves, Robert M.. Intra-organizational occupational mobility: The influence of vacancies, structure, environment, and labor force attributes on internal manpower flow. American Sociological Association Meetings.. 1974.

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

Eidson, Bettye (1984): Detroit Area Study, 1972: A Comparative Study on Personnel Practices in Private Firms. Archival Version. Detroit Area Studies Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.