ERIC Number: ED070841
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Nonmanufacturing Businesses. U.S. Metric Study Interim Report.
Cornog, June R.; Bunten, Elaine D.
In this fifth interim report on the feasibility of a United States changeover to a metric system stems from the U.S. Metric Study, a primary stratified sample of 2,828 nonmanufacturing firms was randomly selected from 28,184 businesses taken from Social Security files, a secondary sample of 2,258 firms was randomly selected for replacement purposes, and 40 railroads were also sampled by means of interviews. Of the 2,563 useable interviews, equal numbers of firms were chosen according to these factors: (1) small, medium, or large size, and (2) industrial classifications for nonmanufacturing businesses, including agribusiness, mining, human services, construction, human and producer services, finance, transportation, communication, and related areas. A national program for metrication was seen as the only major impetus for conversion of individual businesses to SI (Systems International) units. The retraining of labor was seen as the chief obstacle to conversion. Background information for the study, a general discussion of survey findings, and a summary of conclusions from the study are included. Numerous tables present the data. Related documents are available as VT 018 023-018 028, and VT 018 036-018 037 in this issue, and VT 017 558 and VT 017 564 in March 1973 RIE. (AG)
Descriptors: Business, Government Publications, Government Role, Industry, Labor Relations, Metric System, National Surveys, Retraining, Social Change, Tables (Data), Technological Advancement, Technology
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402 (Catalog No. C13.10:345-5, $1.50)
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Authoring Institution: National Bureau of Standards (DOC), Washington, DC.