Senior Research Scientist, Center for Effective Organizations

University of Southern California

NextGen Analytics: Cutting Edge Techniques to Leverage Analytics for High Performance

European Exclusive Masterclass for Professionals and Leaders in HR, Analytics, Organisation Design and Business Strategy

10 April · Church House Westminster · London

Focus your People Analytics on High Performance


The journey from basic to advanced analytics is long and complex. Dealing with the challenges of data management, privacy and cleaning while building the capability for manager self-service is extremely time consuming – and that’s before trying to sort through the dizzying array of analytic approaches that can help you get to better data-based decision making and evidence-based management. Yet the focus on incremental improvement in analytics applications misses essential elements needed for success.


In this workshop Alec Levenson provides a roadmap for the deploying analytics with greater impact that is equally relevant for the person who is just getting started and those who are well into the journey. The key lies in understanding that the path is not a linear progression and, at any point, you can quickly close the gaps that get in the way of breakthrough insights.


The enormous attention paid to advanced analytics such as data visualization, machine learning, social network analysis, structural equations modelling, and more misses a fundamental point: you don’t need advanced techniques for some of the most important insights. Focusing on sophisticated data techniques often distracts from the more important work of detecting the drivers of behavior and performance in business systems. That’s where there’s real gold in analytics.


In this workshop, Alec Levenson will show how to use systems diagnostics to take People Analytics to the next level:

  • The value and limitations of advanced analytics: when to apply them vs. when they are a distraction. What other, low tech options often yield better insights?
  • Include work design in your People Analytics toolkit
  • Design jobs, teams and business processes for high performance
  • Prioritize which improvements will best increase strategic and organizational performance
  • Identify the right objective and subjective measures to improve performance at the job, team and business process levels
  • Bring together the business and HR to effectively identify and solve systematic talent and business challenges
  • Analyze and decide when to focus on improving current operations, and when to rethink how everything fits together to support the business
  • Determine whether to rely on the data in your systems to make strategic decisions, or collect different information, and how to get it
  • Forge your own path when benchmarks would lead you astray


Specific examples from the participants’ current business, human capital and analytics challenges will be used throughout the workshop to demonstrate how to apply the approach. Whether you are a business leader, HR professional, or analyst, the workshop will help you make better business and human capital decisions.


The workshop provides participants with systems models and a process for improving organizational effectiveness and strategy execution. It incorporates the enterprise approach used by senior business leaders, and the human capital approach used by HR and frontline managers, which are usually applied separately and fail to find the root causes of organizational problems. The insights have direct implications for enterprise investment that can be used to inform annual planning and budgeting decisions.

UK Exclusive - The only chance to receive this training anywhere in Europe

This material is based on the very latest research taking place at the University of Southern California, building on his highly-acclaimed book "Strategic Analytics" - see testimonials opposite ->

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Church House, Westminster, London

A Grade II listed multi-purpose conference centre located in a tranquil corner of the bustling capital. Perfectly situated to enjoy local attractions including Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and the London Eye. Excellent transport links from within London and outside the capital make us one of the most accessible venues in Central London.

Very close to the QEII Conference Centre, venue for People Analytics World 2018 on the two days following this masterclass.

For more information, or to book over the phone, please call +44 (0)203 290 3221


Read Alec's article on this subject
published on LinkedIn Pulse:

Author of the groundbreaking book:
"Strategic Analytics: Advancing Strategy Execution and Organizational Effectiveness", published in 2015.

"Too many senior executives and HR professionals hide behind a lack of data or incorrectly use data as an absolute decision maker. Strategic Analytics provides a straightforward approach to analyze the right areas to achieve long term impact."
Jeff Joerres, Executive Chairman, ManpowerGroup

"Levenson breaks analysis down into a step by step process – showing how to capture data and truly implement analytics in organizations, creating capabilities that drive strategy execution and, ultimately, competitive advantage. A must-read for H.R. professionals who want to build strategic partnerships and drive game changing results."
Michael Johnson, Chief Human Resources Officer, UPS

"Informed business and HR leaders know how important it is to connect business and talent outcomes. They appreciate the need for art and science, but rarely have the methodology or tools to make the science real. Strategic Analytics helps solve this problem, providing insight on applying big data and analytics to unlock value for leaders and for organizations." 
Scott Pitasky, Executive Vice President and Chief Partner Resource Officer, Starbucks

"Strategic Analytics addresses one of the key complaints about HR today – that the function is not aligned with driving the business strategy. Levenson gives a step-by-step approach for leveraging analytics to identify the right levers to drive business strategy and organizational effectiveness. The book is both comprehensive and pragmatic, with thoughtful examples to help HR and business leaders alike."
Tracy Faber, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, McKesson

"Strategic Analytics starts in the right place – winning in the marketplace – and assesses integrated solutions that will outlast individuals. A wonderful book of useful frameworks and tools.
Dave Ulrich, Rensis Likert Professor of Business Administration, University of Michigan, and partner, The RBL Group"

"A real breakthrough. Strategic Analytics is a must read for line and human resource executives who strive to make their organization and human resource system a source of strategic advantage. The systemic framework for rigorous diagnosis of organization alignment problems will help executives avoid simple but wrong responses that undermine effective strategy execution." 
Michael Beer, Professor Emeritus, Harvard Business School, and Co-founder TruePoint

"Levenson offers a highly useful framework for sharpening the focus of data analytics within large, complex organizations. This book cuts through much of the hype surrounding the topic with a pragmatic review of methods that will generate actionable insights within an enterprise. Strategic Analytics should redirect efforts commonly seen today that often generate large quantities of data without really impacting business results."
Alan May, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

"Do you ever feel like you have all the data in the world but still don't know how to use it or you're not sure which analytics to use? So many practitioners don’t solve their organizational issues because analytics without strategy are useless, or their strategies aren't aligned organizationally so the analytics don't matter. In this essential book, Levenson provides meaningful, actionable insights for business leaders and HR practitioners to align strategies and priorities to improve organizational effectiveness AND drive bottom line results."
Kim Warmbier, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Dean Foods

"Strategic Analytics is a must for executives, line managers and HR practitioners seeking to advance analytics of human capital management and understand which interventions will drive tighter linkages between business strategy and execution."
Patrick McLaughlin, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Frito-Lay North America, PepsiCo, Inc.

"Strategic Analytics is the book we have been waiting for. Levenson provides a roadmap to analyze performance gaps in strategy execution and the causal linkage with how the organization is designed and managed. He shows the role high performance work design plays in strategy execution, which is the key design area in the new digital modern organization. This book puts all the pieces together to provide a clear analytic approach to improve organizational effectiveness."
Stu Winby, CEO, SPRING Network

"Strategic Analytics is a great roadmap for the journey from big data and big confusion to focused and practical sense-making through better business insights. Levenson provides a user-friendly approach for what to analyze, why to analyze it, and how to make more powerful business decisions as a result."
Ian Ziskin, President, EXec EXcel Group LLC and former Chief Human Resources Officer, Northrop Grumman

"Levenson nails the essence of successful analytics work with the statement that “effective analytics is a team sport”. Up to now analysis in organizations has been a suboptimized, multi-headed monster with each head eating alone. Strategic Analytics shows how to effectively use a holistic integrated approach."
Jac Fitz-enz, CEO Human Capital Source