University of Tokyo

Abstract
Survey Number 0063
Survey Title Survey of Executive Careers, 1993
Depositor Research Institute for Advancement of Living Standards
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Summary This survey aims at clarifying the current state of promotion in the company by analyzing it from various angles as well as at searching the motivations and principles behind it. The questionnaire, directed at corporate directors, was conducted as one of the activities of Kyoto University's Executives Study Group which had been studying issues of corporate governance including promotion to directorship. In the survey, however, white-collar workers as a whole are evaluated and analyzed along with the Survey of White-collar Workers' Careers in which our Employment System Study Committee (headed by Toshiaki Tachibanaki) delved into issues involved in the promotion to and treatment of middle management by focusing on white-collar managers at the section level.
Universe 8,000 directors were randomly sampled from a population of 40,800, who, according to the 1994 edition database of the Toyo-keizai Yakuin Shikiho, belong to the 2,128 listed companies in the nation's eight security markets and 29 unlisted large damage or life insurance companies. Directors here refer to "directors and auditors who have been selected at the shareholders' meeting."
Unit of Observation Individual
Sample Size A sample of 8,000, of whom 2,246 (28.1%) returned valid responses.
Time Period July--August, 1993
Spatial Unit
Sampling Procedure
Mode of Data Collection Self-administered questionnaires by mail.
Investigator The Executives Study Group at the University of Kyoto (headed by Toshiaki Tachibanaki) and the JTUC Research Institute for Advancement of Living Standards.
Sponsors (Funds) Scientific Research Funds of the Ministry of Education
Related Publications (by the Investigator)
Related Publications (based on Secondary Analysis) List of related publications (based on Secondary Analysis)
Documentation [Chosa-hyo]
Major Survey Items Demographic items:
Age; education, last major, year graduated, name of last school; founder or not; year employed; current title; major industry; size of workforce; capital; last year's annual income.

Questionnaire items:
Number of people who entered company with Respondent with same education; reasons for assuming directorship; important abilities/qualities for directorship; way of work and way of life before assuming directorship; important mission of directors; departments R went through; view of directors' educational backgrounds and schools of origin; evaluation of graduates of prestigious schools; reasons for promotional advantage for graduates of
prestigious schools; attitude to subordinates from same school; differences between humanities and sciences in academic background, and promotional advantageousness.
Date of Release 2000/02/08
Version Registered on February 8, 2000.
Topics Economy/Industry/Management
Employment/Labor
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