Alec R. Levenson

Senior Research Scientist


Dr. Alec Levenson’s action research and consulting work with companies optimize job and organization performance and HR systems through the application of organization design, job design, human capital analytics and strategic talent management.

Four areas of primary focus include:

  • Talent management practices for the new generation of workers and world of work
  • Organization design and effectiveness
  • Human capital analytics to improve decisions around talent and work design
  • Organizational and talent strategies for global work & emerging markets

Research Partners & Clients

Dr. Levenson’s work with companies combines the best elements of scientific research and practical, actionable knowledge that companies can use to improve performance. He draws from the disciplines of economics, strategy, organization behavior, and industrial-organizational psychology to tackle complex talent and organizational challenges that defy easy solutions. His recommendations focus on the actions organizations should take to make lasting improvements in critical areas.

He has trained Human Resource professionals from a broad range of Fortune 500 and Global 500 companies in the application of human capital analytics.

Professional Work

Dr. Levenson’s research has been featured in numerous academic and business publications, and in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Economist, CNN, Associated Press, U.S. News and World Report, National Public Radio, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Marketplace, Fox News, and many other news outlets. Alec has received research grants from the Sloan Foundation, Russell Sage Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, U.S. National Science Foundation, China National Science Foundation, and National Institute for Literacy. He is on the editorial boards of Human Resource Management and Small Business Economics.

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BA – University of Wisconsin, Madison

MA – Princeton University

PhD – Princeton University

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Recent Research

A Conversation with the Lusk Center for Real Estate: A Long Time Until the New Economic Normal

A Long Time Until the New Economic Normal with CEO's Alec Levenson, Hosted by Richard K. Green, Director of the Lusk Center for Real Estate

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A Long Time Until the Economic New Normal

This originally appeared on MIT Sloan Management Review We are in the middle of a historic rupture in the economic fabric of our society. The

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People Analytics and Change

Click here for the PowerPoint slides (in PDF format). People Analytics has made great strides in the world of HR, rapidly becoming a core capability

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Analytics and OD: Twins Separated at Birth?

During the development of the modern HR function over the past half century, four disciplines emerged that define the essential expertise for strategic HR: business

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Your Operating Model Needs a Brand Strategy

A winning brand strategy is essential for a successful business strategy. Done right, the brand strategy clearly articulates the customer value proposition – why our customers pick us over the competition. Leaders know this and strive for the clarity of purpose a winning brand strategy provides. A simple and compelling brand strategy can focus everyone’s attention on a very small number of strategic priorities that define strategic success, providing a “true north” to focus on.

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