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The National Study of Business Strategy and Workforce Development, 2006 (ICPSR 34734)

Principal Investigator(s): Pitt-Catsouphes, Marcie, Boston College; Smyer, Michael, Bucknell University


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.

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Study Description


Pitt-Catsouphes, Marcie, and Michael Smyer. The National Study of Business Strategy and Workforce Development, 2006. ICPSR34734-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2013-08-09. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR34734.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR34734.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    businesses, career development, career goals, career guidance, career planning, competence, corporate earnings, discrimination, employment practices, hiring practices, industry, management, older adults, retirement, skills

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2006-03-27--2006-12-22

Date of Collection:   

  • 2006-03-27--2006-12-22

Unit of Observation:    business establishment, individual

Universe:    United States business establishments with 50 or more employees.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

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.


Sample:    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.

Weight:    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.

Mode of Data Collection:    computer-assisted personal interview (CAPI), computer-assisted self interview (CASI), mail questionnaire

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.

Extent of Processing:   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.


Original ICPSR Release:   2013-08-09

Version History:

  • 2013-08-22 The codebook has been updated.



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