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Research and Insights from the Center for Effective Organizations

Optimizing the Operating Model

In this webinar, Alec Levenson will detail the critical elements including the difference between the strategic business model and the operational business model, and the role that organizational capability plays in uniting the two.

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2019 Sponsor Meeting Presentations

Downloadable PowerPoint Presentations in PDF format from the 2019 Sponsor Meeting at the Portofino Hotel in Los Angeles.

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Leading Innovation

In this webinar, two of the world’s leading experts on innovation and creativity, Soren Kaplan and Jennifer Mueller will share insights from their research and consulting with organizations. CEO’s Alec Levenson will lead a lively discussion with Drs. Kaplan and Mueller on how to overcome the cultural barriers and leadership biases to breakthrough innovation.

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2018 Sponsor Meeting Presentations

Downloadable PowerPoint Presentations in PDF format at the 2018 Sponsor Meeting at the Portofino Hotel in Los Angeles.

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Systems Diagnostics are Essential to Create High Performance

Systems Diagnostics are Essential to Create High Performance

Alec Levenson explains that at its most fundamental, a systems approach demands that we look at the entire organizational system when diagnosing the sources of performance problems to identify solutions that work.

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Analytics and Design for High Performance

In this webinar Drs Levenson and Fink review the evidence on the roles of technology and control systems in promoting performance, separate from employee engagement. They show how engagement can help enhance performance in some jobs while having little to no impact in other jobs.

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Workforce Data Systems are Junk Food, Not a Gold Mine

Workforce Data Systems are Junk Food, Not a Gold Mine

Alec Levenson discusses how people analytics in organizations is at a crossroads today. Analytics and data science are the hottest buzzwords in management since re-engineering and core competencies two decades ago.

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Workforce Planning that Really is Strategic

Workforce Planning that Really is Strategic

Alec Levenson and Alexis Fink share how most workforce planning efforts are fairly short sighted and narrow, and could more accurately be called 12 month hiring plans. Strategic workforce planning promises to deliver greater value by using a longer time horizon and a talent supply chain approach.

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Untangling Engagement and High Performance

Alec Levenson (CEO) and Alexis Fink (Intel) explain how employee engagement and performance are supposed to be closely related, and there is both empirical and conceptual support for a strong relationship.

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Podcast: Strategic People Analytics

Max Blumberg of Tucana People Analytics talks with Alec Levenson, Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Effective Organizations, University of Southern California. Alec discusses the subject of strategic analytics.

Analytics for Driving High Performance

In this webinar, Alec Levenson and Alexis Fink discuss some of the current challenges in the way that analytics are applied to HR and talent issues. The problem we face in organizations today is not a lack of analysis but oftentimes the opposite: too much analysis and data are thrown against the wall in the hopes that something will stick and make sense.

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Workplace Fatigue is a Systems Problem

Alec Levenson (CEO) explains that workplace fatigue is traditionally treated almost exclusively as an individual issue, and it certainly is the case that individual differences lead some individuals to experience fatigue and, ultimately, to burn out more than others. Yet not enough attention has been paid to factors arising from work design and organization strategy.

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