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Talent Management Study: U.S. Workplaces In Today's Business Environment, 2009 (ICPSR 34836)

Principal Investigator(s): Pitt-Catsouphes, Marcie, Boston College; Sweet, Steven, Ithaca College


The Talent Management Study: U.S. Workplaces in Today's Business Environment is a collection of information from nearly 700 United States workplaces which sought to explain variation in (1) organizational adaptation to significant socioeconomic change and the aging of the United States workforce, and (2) employer adoption of policies and programs that can support the quality of employment at the workplace. Data was collected via Web-based surveys where human resource directors or persons with equivalent responsibilities were asked a series of questions about their business environment. Questions ranged from opinions on whether various social issues had an economic impact on the businesses' economy, to polls of various programs or policies for recruitment, engagement, and career progression for specified employee groups. Organizational composition variables include number of employees, type of workplace, main industrial focus of organization, total number of work sites, approximate sales revenue, family-owned or acquired by merge.

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Study Description


Pitt-Catsouphes, Marcie, and Steven Sweet. Talent Management Study: U.S. Workplaces In Today's Business Environment, 2009. ICPSR34836-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2013-09-09. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR34836.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR34836.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    businesses, career development, economic conditions, employee benefits, employment practices, evaluation, hiring practices, industry, job training, labor force, management styles, older workers, organizational culture, organizational structure, personnel policy, work environment, work experience

Smallest Geographic Unit:    business sector

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2009-03-11--2009-08-28

Date of Collection:   

  • 2009-03-11--2009-08-28

Unit of Observation:    business, individual

Universe:    United States businesses in 10 industries, with 50 or more employees

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

There is a discrepancy between the dates given in the Original P.I. Documentation and the dates within the dataset. The data reflect dates March 11, 2009 through August 28, 2009.

Please refer to the Sloan Center On Aging and Work Web site for more information on the Talent Management Study.


Study Design:    The study was conducted in two phases: Pilot Phase (February 1- March 30, 2009) and Data Collection Phase (April 1-June 30, 2009). While the steps for each phase were identical, experience from the pilot phase was used to estimate the number of people that needed to be contacted in order to achieve the objective of 750 organizational respondents during the Data Collection Phase. Please refer to the Original P.I. Documentation in the ICPSR Codebook for more information on the study design.

Sample:    Quota Sampling: A stratified sampling frame was developed so that the dataset would be representative of United States workplaces that have 50 or more employees. Please refer to the Original P.I. Documentation in the ICPSR Codebook for more information on sampling.

Time Method:    Cross-sectional

Weight:    This collection contains two weight variables, WEIGHT2TMS and WEIGHT1TMS, that should be used during analysis. The data were not randomly sampled and results cannot be generalized to the broader population of establishments in the United States, however these analytic weights were constructed to match the sample to the United States population of establishments with over 50 employees in terms of industry and employee size. Please refer to the Original P.I. Documentation in the ICPSR Codebook for more information on weights.

Mode of Data Collection:    computer-assisted self interview (CASI), web-based survey

Response Rates:    42.7 percent


Original ICPSR Release:   2013-09-09



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