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Study Report

Study Number: QH-004-001-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1968

Subject Area: Organizational Behavior

Bibliographic Citation: Department stores study, 1968.  [machine-readable data file] / Blau, Peter M.  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 7083

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: 1 volume hard copy.

Abstract: The data were collected from 124 retail business organizations known as department stores and located in the northwestern United States. No chain stores, mail order houses, discount, or specialty stores were included in the sample. The department stores in this study have the following common characteristics: (1) located in cities of 25,000 or more, (2) organized floor space and selling activities into departments, (3) contain a full furniture department or full major appliance department or both, in addition to men's and women's fashions, dry goods, and small appliances departments. The department stores were selected from the 1968 Directory of Department Stores, a trade handbook. For the 90 stores selected which had branches, data were collected for the main office and a typical branch store. The 34 single location stores have 4 cards of data per case and 46 variables. The 90 main offices have 4 cards of data per case and 100 variables. For the 90 typical branch stores there are 4 cards of data per case and fifteen variables. The data contain blanks. Interviews were conducted by the National Opinion Research Center and the Comparative Organization Research Program during the fall of 1968 with a senior executive and personnel officer in each store. Variables measure the centralization of power, the efficiency, complexity, and dispersion of the organization, and the structural differentiation within the organization.

SUBJECT TERMS: administrative behavior. cities. department stores. manufacturing and commerce. occupations. organizational behavior. personnel work. retail business organizations. United States.

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