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National Organizations Survey (NOS), 1996-1997 (ICPSR 3190)

Principal Investigator(s): Kalleberg, Arne L.; Knoke, David; Marsden, Peter V.


The 1996-1997 NOS consists of data on 1,002 United States work establishments and was conducted from June 10, 1996, to June 13, 1997, using a stratified random sample from approximately 15 million work establishments in Dun and Bradstreet's Information Services data file. The study concentrated on United States work establishments' employment contracts, applying an interorganizational network perspective to explain two basic human resource practices: how employers interact with other organizations to obtain and train new workers. Topics covered the use of contingent employees and relationships with organizational providers of contingent employees, staffing methods, internal job ladders and promotion chains, high performance work organization, job training programs, and employee benefits and incentives. Additional items gathered basic information about each organization's formal structure, social demography, environmental situation, and productivity and performance.

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Study Description


Kalleberg, Arne L., David Knoke, and Peter V. Marsden. National Organizations Survey (NOS), 1996-1997. ICPSR03190-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2001. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03190.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03190.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • National Science Foundation (NSF-9507914)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    corporate behavior, employee benefits, employers, job performance, job training, organizations, promotions, work environment, workers

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1996-06-19--1997-06-13

Date of Collection:   

  • 1996-06-19--1997-06-13

Universe:    Approximately 15 million work establishments in Dun and Bradstreet's Information Services file.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Although missing data codes were created by the principal investigators where appropriate, the archived version of the SPSS portable file did not declare any of these values to be missing. Users should consult the codebook to determine which codes for which variables they wish to treat as missing values.


Sample:    A stratified random sample was used to select 1,002 U.S. work establishments.

Data Source:

telephone interviews and mailback questionnaires


Original ICPSR Release:   2001-08-24

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