German management and organizational practices survey (gmop)

Management practices, organizational behaviour and firm performance in Germany

Start of Project 01/2014
End of Project 01/2018

gmop survey (german management and organizational practices survey) is the first large-scale study on management and organizational practices in German firms. We investigated the effects of management strategies on firm performance. We collected firm-level data on incentive systems (such as bonus payments), measures to improve work-life balance and flexible employment models. Then, we thoroughly analyzed the effects of these instruments on employee motivation and firm performance. This project aimed at understanding these topics better from the perspective of firms. We want to subsequently propose best practices that benefit both employees and firms.

The core research topics in this study were:

  • Examine the link between management practices and firm performance such as productivity, innovation and export participation
  • Compare differences in management practices between firms in the US and Germany
  • Analyze the effect of management practices on adjustments in the labor force

gmop survey targeted about 5000 German establishments. We draw our sample from establishment data available at the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) to ensure representativeness. The survey addressed establishments with more than 25 employees. This enabled us to draw conclusions regarding multinational firms as well as medium-size German firms. We conducted the survey from October 2014 through May 2015.

The Kiel Institute for the World Economy cooperated in this project with the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) and infas Institute for Applied Social Sciences.

The data are available for research purposes through the Research Data Center of the IAB.