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The National Study of Business Strategy and Workforce Development, 2006

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Pitt-Catsouphes, Marcie (Boston College)
  • Smyer, Michael (Bucknell University)
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Free Keywords
businesses; career development; career goals; career guidance; career planning; competence; corporate earnings; discrimination; employment practices; hiring practices; industry; management; older adults; retirement; skills
  • Abstract

    This data collection gathered information on the adoption and implementation of flexible work options for older workers from United States enterprises with 50 or more employees. Respondents were asked to provide information on various aspects of their business establishment, such as their policies for retirement, racial/ethnic composition, gender ratios, the percentage of older workers, recent developments within the organization, employee benefits, employee requirements, percentage of managers, consultants, and temporary workers as well as similar subjects. Next, interviewees provided their opinions on various business-related topics, such as the prime opportunities for the company, areas in need of development, optimal corporate strategies for their companies, age ranges for various position levels, level of diversity in recruitment, and other related topics.
  • Methods

    No weights are included in the present version of the dataset. Researchers using these data may choose to weight by establishment size and/or industry sector.
  • 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: Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Methods

    Response Rates: The response rate was 0.135109864. For additional information on response rates, please see the Original P.I. Documentation within the ICPSR Codebook.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 2006-03-27 / 2006-12-22
    Time period: 2006-03-27--2006-12-22
  • 2006-03-27 / 2006-12-22
    Collection date: 2006-03-27--2006-12-22
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
United States business establishments with 50 or more employees.
Phase 1: Convenience Sample for a pilot study. Phase 2: Random sample of establishments meeting the criteria. Phase 3: A panel study group. An establishment was ineligible if they were a government agency or had under 50 employees. For additional information on sampling, please see the Original P.I. Documentation within the ICPSR Codebook.
Collection Mode
  • computer-assisted personal interview (CAPI), computer-assisted self interview (CASI), mail questionnaire

    Some variables and data have been removed or masked for reasons of confidentiality prior to submission to ICPSR. Please refer to the Original P.I. Documentation within the ICPSR Codebook for details.

    Additional information about the National Study of Business Strategy and Workforce Development can be found by visiting the Sloan Center on Aging and Work Web site.

2013-08-22 The codebook has been updated. Funding insitution(s): Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
Alternative Identifiers
  • 34734 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR34734.v1

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-16

Pitt-Catsouphes, Marcie; Smyer, Michael (2013): The National Study of Business Strategy and Workforce Development, 2006. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.