Recent advances in business survey methodology
|Convenor||Professor Hans Kiesl (Regensburg University of Applied Sciences )|
The 2013 European Company Survey is a telephone survey among establishments in Europe looking at workplace practices in terms of work organisation, human resources management and employee participation. The survey aimed to capture both public and private sector organisations, posing challenges for questionnaire development as well as for sampling design. This paper discusses the ways these challenges were dealt with in the design and implementation of the ECS 2013 and the implications of the methodological choices for data analysis.
The Job Vacancy Survey is the only representative Firm-Survey in Germany that allows collect-ing information on the labour demand for the whole economy. It provides information on the structure of vacancies concerning qualifications, regions and branches.
So far, the weighting procedure for the data was, aside others, fitted to the number of registered vacancies. Since 2005, the number of registered vacancies from the Federal Employment Agency and the number of registered vacancies from the survey show a strong tendency to drift apart. Those circumstances made it necessary to implement a new weighting procedure that is inde-pendent of
In the CATI establishment survey ESENER-2 on the topic of health and safety at work, an additional CAWI version was offered to respondents refusing the telephone interview. The CAWI option was applied in all 36 countries and led to ca. 1.300 online interviews from respondents who had refused the CATI interview. The data-set was analysed for mode effects. Key questions were (1) whether there are systematic differences with regard to the key characteristics of the participating respondents/establishments and (2) whether CAWI and CATI interviews lead to differences in the results due to a different answering behaviour
Two experimental studies aimed to recognize the influence of social perception on interpersonal trust in organization.
We hypothesized that in case of trust, the general primacy of communion over agency can be reversed in certain conditions of uneven distribution of power. Participants of the studies were asked to read a short story presenting behaviors of hypothetical person, introduced as supervisor or colleague or subordinate. Then participants concluded about described person’s trustworthiness.
Studies indicate that trust at work is based more on agency than communion. The role of communion in assessment of trustworthiness depends on the trustee’ position.