Alec Levenson

Alec Levenson

Alec Levenson

Economist / Senior Research Scientist at Center for Effective Organizations, University of Southern California

Integrated Analytics: A Framework for Confronting Any Business Challenge


The promise of HR analytics today is more hype than reality. Consultants and software vendors dazzle you with stories of technology and insights that are supposed to fundamentally change how you approach analyzing and managing talent issues. Yet when you get beyond the hype to what’s really going on, too often what’s left are analyses done on other people’s data that have questionable value for what your business is trying to accomplish.

The problem is that the overwhelming majority of those analyses start in the wrong place. The data you have at hand can provide some insights but too often falls short of what you need to close strategic gaps in business performance. Other orgs’ case studies are suggestive at best of what you might want to look at, but suffer the same challenge of providing meaningful, actionable insights.

In this session, Alec Levenson will present a new, unified way of addressing both business and HR challenges, using integrated analytics. His framework can be used to address any pressing business or talent issue to improve strategy execution and organizational effectiveness, and does not require a degree in advanced statistics to implement. Designed for both generalists and analysts, the framework has been successfully applied to unearth solutions to challenging business performance across a wide range of industries and business contexts.


Analytics Maturity: All

Day: 1

Track: Plenary

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.

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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.

Company: University of Southern California

Industry: Education

Employees: 4,000

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