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National Organizations Survey, 2010: Examining the Relationships Between Job Quality and the Domestic and International Sourcing of Business Functions by United States Organizations (ICPSR 35011)

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The National Organizations Survey, 2010 (2010 NOS) aimed to quantify domestic and international sourcing of United States private and public sector organizations. Information was supplied by 333 respondents about their organization's domestic and international sourcing costs. Variables in this data collection include the organizations employee's benefits (such as the retirement benefits, health benefits, and wage) and the organization's expenditure for eight business functions: (1) the primary function, (2) research and development of products, services or technology, (3) sales and marketing, (4) transportation, logistics, and distribution services, (5) customer and after-sales service, (6) management, administration, and back office functions, (7) information technology systems, and (8) facilities maintenance. The sourcing costs were either incurred domestically in-house, externally from domestic suppliers, from international affiliates, or externally from international suppliers. For companies engaged in international sourcing, information about the type of international location was identified as (1) industrialized country locations with costs the same or higher than the United States, (2) emerging country locations with costs somewhat lower than the United States, and (3) developing country locations with costs much lower than the United States. United States employment and wages (according to four ranges) were also collected by business function. The data collection also includes information about each organization's industry and job turnover.

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Study Description


Brown, Clair, and Timothy Sturgeon. National Organizations Survey, 2010: Examining the Relationships Between Job Quality and the Domestic and International Sourcing of Business Functions by United States Organizations. ICPSR35011-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research[distributor], 2014-05-30. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR35011.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • National Science Foundation (0926746)
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   business sourcing, businesses, employee benefits, globalization, international economics, management, outsourcing, private sector, production costs, public sector, wages and salaries, work

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 2010

Unit of Observation:   For-profit, non-profit, and public sector organizations in the United States. For additional information about the units of observation, please refer to the ICPSR Codebook.

Universe:   For-profit, non-profit, and public sector organizations in the United States.

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

For additional information on the National Organizations Survey, 2010, please visit the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Web site.


Study Design:   The survey was administered from July 1 through December 31, 2011. The Henne Group, a survey research company based in San Francisco, California, developed and administered the Internet and telephone surveys. As part of its development, the survey was tested in small rounds with respondents at organizations not in the sample. For additional information about the study design, please refer to the ICPSR Codebook.

Sample:   The survey used two sample frames: the first was drawn from the workplaces of full-time employed respondents to the 2008 General Social Survey (GSS), a nationally representative survey of individuals. The second was a sample of the main business segments (sometimes referred to as lines of business or divisions) of the largest 1,000 corporations in the United States in 2008, drawn from a list published by Fortune Magazine. For additional information about sampling, please refer to the ICPSR Codebook.

Time Method:   Cross-sectional

Weight:   The data collection is not weighted. There is one weight variable: FINALEMPWT. Weights for the 2010 NOS data collection were constructed for each observation so the resulting statistics are representative of employment (domestic full-time United States employees), or, alternatively, representative of the organization where the average domestic full-time United States employee works. For additional information about weights, please refer to the ICPSR Codebook.

Mode of Data Collection:   computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI), web-based survey

Description of Variables:   Variables includes: organization identification, the sourcing options, employment, locations of international sourcing, wage distribution, benefits, international revenue, and probability weight for statistics.

Response Rates:   The response rate was 18.7 percent.

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:

  • Performed consistency checks.
  • Created online analysis version with question text.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


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