University of Tokyo

Survey Number 0106
Survey Title Survey on White-collar Careers, 1993
Depositor Research Institute for Advancement of Living Standards
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Summary This survey was conducted for the purpose of finding out what competition incentives work for white-collar workers to advance to middle managerial positions (equivalent to the section manager's) and what arrangements are desirable in the treatment system in order to improve the level of workers' effort toward that end. For the purpose, the survey, directed to survivors of the promotion competition, provided a detailed study of their characteristics and the mechanisms by which their promotion was determined. More specifically, such matters were analyzed as work attitude, motivation, degree of expectations toward promotion, the role of educational background and specialization (clerical or technical), attitude to competition, performance evaluation, and the like. This survey was accompanied by a research study of issues of corporate governance (including promotion to executive positions), which was conducted by Kyoto University's Executives Study Group (headed by Toshiaki Tachibanaki). These two studies were subsequently combined into a single report (see below) in order to analyze and evaluate the entire white-collar population.
Universe Unionists and (mainly section) managers in clerical and technical fields.
Unit of Observation Individual
Sample Size A sample of 2,100, of whom 1,816 (86.5%) returned valid responses.
Time Period 1994/07/01
Spatial Unit
Sampling Procedure The survey was joined by five large, private unions (from each of the auto, electric machine, chemical, electric power, and department store industries) -all affiliated with JTUC.
Mode of Data Collection Self-administered questionnaires, distributed and collected via unions.
Investigator JTUC Research Institute for Advancement of Living Standards
Sponsors (Funds)
Related Publications (by the Investigator) Toshiaki Tachibanaki and JTUC-RIALS, eds. (June, 1995) "Shoshin" no keizaigaku (The Economics of Promotion), Toyo-keizai shinposha.
Related Publications (based on Secondary Analysis) List of related publications (based on Secondary Analysis)
Documentation [Chosa-hyo]
Major Survey Items Section Manager's profile (age; seniority; ratio of college graduates; experience of job switching; annual income; age when promoted to subsection manager and to section manager); certification/qualification programs and their actual operation; consciousness on promotion/advancement (possibility of advancement; period when who gets the manager position becomes clear and its reasons; diploma from prestigious schools and advancement); work attitude (job performance; how to proceed with work; future of work; hobbies); white-collar careers and labor unions.
Date of Release 1999/12/08
Version Registered on December 8, 1999.
Topics Employment/Labor
Notes for Users Data Sets are written in Japanese.