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Employee Surveys and Sensing: Challenges and Opportunities (Society Industrial Organizational Psych)

Employee Surveys and Sensing: Challenges and Opportunities (Society Industrial Organizational Psych)

Professional practice in the design and execution of employee survey programs has evolved tremendously over the past decade. Advances in technology and enthusiastic new interest in talent analytics have combined to create an exciting space with a good deal of innovation along methodological lines, matched by renewed interest in the strategic role of surveys and sensing for improving organizational effectiveness.

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 that most CHROs feel they cannot do without. Yet even as organizations continue to build greater people analytics capability, the field struggles to find the best ways to engage with […]

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Analytics and OD: Twins Separated at Birth?

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 strategy, organization design, organizational development (OD) and analytics. As Dave Ulrich has often noted, the traditional HR function was very inward looking. In contrast, each of these disciplines requires an […]

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Rigor, Relevance, and Resilience in Management Research

Nandini Rajagopalan
I believe there is increasingly a shared understanding among management scholars that research needs to be both rigorous and relevant. The challenge lies in how to conduct such research. Research that is rigorous, accessible, relevant, and enlightening may be rare, but we must conduct such research.

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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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Improving Business Results With Data-Driven Storytelling

Do you present data? Do you write reports that include numbers? Do people interrupt your presentations and ask if your data are “statistically significant?” Or do they interrupt and ask you a lot of “what if” questions, ignoring the points you are trying to make?

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HR Analysts: Unleash Your Inner Storyteller

HR Analysts: Unleash Your Inner Storyteller

John Boudreau shares how telling a story is well-recognized as essential to HR analytics and acknowledges that “insight” is at the top of the data analytics pyramid after data becomes information. HR analytics systems even offer pre-programmed storylines with deeper analysis.

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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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Human Capital Analytics: Why Are We Not There?

John Boudreau (CEO) and Wayne F. Cascio (University of Colorado, Denver) explain that while human capital analytics (HC analytics) recently has developed enormous interest, most organizations still find themselves struggling to move from operational reporting to analytics.

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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.

Driving Storytelling and Action Through Data

A one hour webinar with Dr. Theresa M. Welbourne to learn how like-minded business leaders are working to transform how they use data to tell stories and drive action that leads to positive results.

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