People Analytics: A New Weapon in the War for Talent

The human resources field is at a pivot point with the increased influence of People Analytics, a data-driven approach to managing people in the workplace.

Texas McCombs Presents — Dr. Sekou Bermiss 
People Analytics: A New Weapon in the War for Talent 
11:30 a.m. — 1:00 p.m. $30, includes lunch
Thursday, April 11, 2019 
Robert B. Rowling Hall 3.406
300 West MLK Blvd., Austin Texas 78705

The human resources field is at a pivot point with the increased influence of people analytics, a data-driven approach to managing people in the workplace.

Leading-edge human resource professionals are now using data and sophisticated analysis on multiple people-related issues, such as recruiting, performance evaluation, leadership, hiring and promotion, job and team design, and compensation. By incorporating people analytics into the work process, human resource professionals are directly supporting an organization’s strategic goals, in addition to administrative support functions.

“There’s also growing evidence that leveraging human capital improves firm performance and sustains competitive advantage,” says Profesor Sekou Bermiss. “Unfortunately, many managers continue to engage in practices that reflect outdated knowledge and beliefs, leading to dysfunctional outcomes that can be very costly.”

What you will learn:

  1. How companies have used data to strategically hire, socialize, appraise, reward, and retain talent.
  2. The latest research on the practices and analytical frameworks that are helping managers leverage human capital.
  3. How you can start implementing this approach in your organization.

Meet the professor:

Dr. Sekou Bermiss is an Associate Professor of Management at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. He received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY), and a M.S. and Ph.D in Management and Organizations from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Dr. Bermiss’ research is in the area of strategic management and organizational theory with a focus on how value is socially constructed in organizations and markets. Specifically, he investigates how institutional factors shape the perception of firms by critical stakeholders. Additionally, his research explores the antecedents and consequences of manager mobility and how different forms of employee movement impact a firm’s ability to compete with rivals.

His award-winning research has been published in the Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, and Research in Organizational Behavior. His research has also been highlighted by Harvard Business Review and National Public Radio. Before entering academia, Dr. Bermiss worked for Deloitte Consulting in New York City.