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Reliability of Organizational Measures, 1988: Survey of Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan Area Organizations

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Knoke, David
  • Reynolds, Paul D.
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • National Science Foundation
Free Keywords
businesses; decision making; government; organizational culture; organizations; social services
  • Abstract

    This project had several objectives: (1) to estimate the reliabilities of diverse organizational measures by studying organizations of various types and sizes to determine the impact of size and type on reliability, (2) to develop techniques that facilitate common measurement across all organizational types, (3) to determine the characteristics of respondents most likely to provide the modal or typical response for an organization, and (4) to demonstrate that high quality samples of diverse organization types are technically feasible and affordable. Measures of age, size, external setting, internal structural differentiation, and organizational culture were obtained from 370 government, social service, and business organizations. The project involved data collection from at least five centrally located decision-makers (executives, administrators, officers) of each organization sampled. Characteristics of the respondent were included, with major emphasis on experience with the organization as well as current position and standardized demographic data. The unit of analysis for the project was the organization.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Raw Data for an Additional 166 Cases
    • DS2: SPSS/PC Control Statements
    • DS3: Raw Data for the First 1,888 Cases Collected
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1988
  • 1988-01 / 1988-04
    Collection date: 1988-01--1988-04
Geographic Coverage
  • Minneapolis
  • Minnesota
  • St. Paul
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan Area organizations
Representative and systematic samples were drawn from diverse organizations.
Collection Mode
  • Users need to use the SPSS/PC control statements in Part 2 to work with both data files.

2006-01-18 File CB9469.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads. Funding insitution(s): National Science Foundation (CSE87-14154).
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 9469 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09469.v1

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

Knoke, David; Reynolds, Paul D. (1991): Reliability of Organizational Measures, 1988: Survey of Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan Area Organizations. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.