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Reliability of Organizational Measures, 1988: Survey of Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan Area Organizations (ICPSR 9469)

Principal Investigator(s): Knoke, David; Reynolds, Paul D.


This project had several objectives: (1) to estimate the reliabilities of diverse organizational measures by studying organizations of various types and sizes to determine the impact of size and type on reliability, (2) to develop techniques that facilitate common measurement across all organizational types, (3) to determine the characteristics of respondents most likely to provide the modal or typical response for an organization, and (4) to demonstrate that high quality samples of diverse organization types are technically feasible and affordable. Measures of age, size, external setting, internal structural differentiation, and organizational culture were obtained from 370 government, social service, and business organizations. The project involved data collection from at least five centrally located decision-makers (executives, administrators, officers) of each organization sampled. Characteristics of the respondent were included, with major emphasis on experience with the organization as well as current position and standardized demographic data. The unit of analysis for the project was the organization.

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Raw Data for an Additional 166 Cases - Download All Files (8.977 MB)
DS2:  SPSS/PC Control Statements - Download All Files (8.929 MB)

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DS3:  Raw Data for the First 1,888 Cases Collected - Download All Files (9.566 MB)

Study Description


Knoke, David, and Paul D. Reynolds. Reliability of Organizational Measures, 1988: Survey of Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan Area Organizations. ICPSR09469-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1991. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09469.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09469.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • National Science Foundation (CSE87-14154)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    businesses, decision making, government, organizational culture, organizations, social services

Geographic Coverage:    Minneapolis, Minnesota, St. Paul, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1988

Date of Collection:   

  • 1988-01--1988-04

Universe:    Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan Area organizations

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Users need to use the SPSS/PC control statements in Part 2 to work with both data files.


Sample:    Representative and systematic samples were drawn from diverse organizations.

Data Source:

self-enumerated questionnaire


Original ICPSR Release:   1991-03-05

Version History:

  • 2006-01-18 File CB9469.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.


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