Fields of Activity of the Higher Government Service

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

    The occupational demands of executives in government and their occupational career. Topics: Detailed information on occupational training and career course; current professional position and length of affiliation with this government office; criteria for occupational success in public administration; characterization of subject area and occupation characteristics; extent of side jobs and overtime; requirements of current activity; supposed higher payment for the activity conducted in the private economy; judgement on one´s state of health and work satisfaction (scale); ideal image of a superior and a colleague; reference group in occupational orientation; participation in further education events; preferred further education topics; reading technical literature; importance of knowledge in personnel leadership and personnel organization; description of extent and origin of circle of friends. Scales: achievement orientation; sociability. Beyond this records were made by the respondents based on self-observations. In these records individual job tasks were described in detail and their time duration recorded. In these self-observations information is provided about: 1. the communication habits with other colleagues, 2. the subject areas affected by the work process, and 3. the position of the work process in the decision-making process of the task to be done. Demography: social origins; membership in a trade union, in staff council for civil servants or a party; age; sex; marital status; number of children; age und number of siblings; position in sibling sequence; religious denomination; school education; vocational training; further education; occupation; professional position; income; regional origins; social surroundings; military service.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1972-03 / 1972-09
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
  • North Rhine-Westphalia (DE-NW)
Sampled Universe
Civil servants of the higher service and employees in comparable compensation groups from various federal government offices, from government offices of the state NRW as well as municipalities and municipal associations in NRW.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Quota sample
Collection Mode
  • Written survey in a group situation as well as self-observation with standardized questionnaire.
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 2169
After instruction by the researcher the respondents were asked on 10 successive work days to select the two work processes they find most important and to describe them by means of the self-observation form. Besides the data set described here there are also the data from 38170 self-observations on 5 cards each. The self-observation data can be assigned to the survey data. For one respondent there are max. 25 self-observation forms. A comparable investigation with executives of the free market economy was conducted by the same institute and is archived under ZA Study No. 0369.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA0982 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Brinkmann, Gerhard; Pippke, Wolfgang; Rippe, Wolfgang: Die Tätigkeitsfelder des höheren Verwaltungsdienstes: Arbeitsansprüche, Ausbildungserfordernisse, Personalbedarf. Opladen: Westdeutscher Verlag 1973. (Forschungsberichte des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen. Nr. 2339).

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 87 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22