People Analytics Podcast: Alec Levenson – Strategic People Analytics

Alec Levenson of the University of Southern California joins the People Analytics Podcast - a series of lively conversations with leading practitioners, thought leaders and tech pioneers from a variety of backgrounds from around the globe.

Alec Levenson - University of Southern California

Alec Levenson - Senior Research Scientist, Center for Effective Organizations, University of Southern California Marshall School of Business

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Episode 14: Strategic People Analytics

Max Blumberg talks with Alec Levenson, Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Effective Organizations, University of Southern California.  He conducts research and consulting with companies on strategy, organisation design and talent management, and is a thought leader in HR analytics. His recent book is titled Strategic Analytics, which is the subject of this discussion.

In this week's episode, they discuss:

  • What causes gaps between HR and the business?
  • Building causal models which link people investments to strategic outcomes
  • Which HR processes require analytics focus and which do not
  • When people analytics ROI can be a dangerous thing

Alec Levenson is an Economist and Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Effective Organizations, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California. His action research and consulting work with companies optimise job and organisation performance and HR systems through the scientific application of organisation design, job design, human capital analytics and strategic talent management.

His recommendations focus on the practical, actionable changes organisations should take to make lasting improvements in critical areas. He has trained HR professionals from a broad range of Fortune 500 and Global 500 companies in human capital analytics.

He is the author of Strategic Analytics: Advancing Strategy Execution and Organizational Effectiveness, What Millennials Want From Work (with Jennifer Deal), and Employee Surveys That Work. His research has been featured in numerous academic and business publications, and in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Economist, CNN, BusinessWeek, and many other news outlets.

Dr Max Blumberg is founder of the Blumberg Partnership, a Top 50 analytics consultancy which provides innovative analytics consultancy to organisations including Nestle, Lloyds Register, the BBC, Rentokil Initial, Barclays Corporate and the CIPD. Max is also a Visiting Researcher at Goldsmiths, University of London, a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

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