Conference Programme 2015

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Tuesday 14th July      Wednesday 15th July      Thursday 16th July      Friday 17th July     


Tuesday 14th July, 11:00 - 12:30 Room: O-206

Recent advances in business survey methodology

Convenor Professor Hans Kiesl (Regensburg University of Applied Sciences )

Session Details

Business surveys differ from household surveys in several respects and pose problems like an ambiguous definition of the survey units (firm or establishment), outdated frames, highly skewed distributions of interest, large differences in weights due to the usual pps design, and stratum jumpers (i.e. business units changing size class between the time of drawing the sample and actually surveying the sampled units).

This session aims to bring together researchers from different countries who are coping with methodological problems of business surveys. A special focus will lie on papers dealing with recent developments in job vacancy surveys, which are conducted in every member state of the European Union (and several other countries outside the EU).

Paper Details

1. Covering public sector organisations in business surveys: experiences from the 3rd European Company Survey
Dr Gijs Van Houten (Eurofound)
Dr Milos Kankaras (Eurofound)

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.



2. Implementing a new weighting procedure for a large business survey
Dr Alexander Kubis (Institute for Employment Research)
Dr Martina Rebien (Institute for Employment Research)

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


3. Multi-mode interviewing in establishment surveys as a means to enhance response rates: Experiences from the multi-country survey “ESENER-2”
Mr Arnold Riedmann (TNS Infratest)
Mr Xabier Irastorza (European Agency for Safety and Health at Work)

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


4. Methodological challenges in trust research. A case of experimental study involving managers.
Mrs Anna Oleszkiewicz (University of Wroclaw)
Ms Kinga Lachowicz - Tabaczek (University of Wroclaw)

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.