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German Management and Organizational Practices (GMOP) Survey

Data Source:

GMOP is an establishment data set on management practices and firm success. It evolved within the framework of the cooperation project ‘Management Practices, Organizational Behavior and Firm Performance in Germany’, which was jointly carried out by the Institute for Employment Research (IAB), the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) and the Institute for Applied Social Sciences (infas). The project was funded by the Leibniz Association.
The survey was carried out once in 2014/2015. The data set relates to the years 2008 and 2013 and contains information on 1,927 establishments.


GMOP is based on the ‘Management and Organizational Practices Survey’ (MOPS) which was conducted in 2010 by the US Census Bureau. Large parts of the questionnaire were adopted and translated into German in the spirit of their original meaning. The questions on management practices cover issues related to monitoring, targets and incentives. Additionally, items on work-family balance and health promoting measures were taken in. The performance measures include questions on sales, exports, innovations etc.

For detailed information on the US MOPS please refer to: 

Dataset Descriptions, Questionnaire and Frequencies

All details on variables are included in the respective FDZ-Datenreport. Information on the survey design is available in the FDZ-Methodenreport.


FDZ-Daten- / -Methodenreport



GMOP 0813

FDZ Datenreport 09/2016
(only in English)
FDZ Methodenreport 06/2016
(only in English)

Questionnaire (de)
Questionnaire (en)
Frequencies (de)
Frequencies (en)

Data Access

The GMOP 0813 data product contains the GMOP survey data for the years 2008 and 2013 and is only available for replication studies via the following way of access:

  • On-site Use included Remote Data Access. 

If you want to use this dataset we ask you to contact us directly (

Other working tools

Further working tools as the standards for the citation of data and data documentation and papers on working with the FDZ data can be found here.