Leading with People Analytics is designed to help students, in their role as general managers, learn how to use data to improve employee-related decisions and practices. The premise of the course is that effective leaders must understand how data can be used (and misused) to leverage people’s skills, talents, and insights. This premise is at the heart of the rapidly evolving field of people analytics, which organizations are embracing as they use data to inform every aspect of employee life.

In the course, students build hands-on skills by analyzing and interpreting data in ways that complement the frameworks and intuitions that normally guide managerial actions. By learning how to apply data-driven approaches, students will 1) come to appreciate the opportunities, limits, and tensions involved in using employee data, 2) gain deeper insight into the business issues in question, and 3) sharpen their ability to think critically through the lens of rigorous analytics.

Latest Assignment

LPA 2021 Blog Assignment

April 13, 2021

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Organizations, from startups to multinationals to non-profits to sports teams, are using employee data in new and exciting ways. They are typically trying to improve efficiency, performance, or both, leading to a variety of intended and unintended consequences. Using employee data in new ways often has important implications for employee privacy, company transparency, ethics, and organizational culture.

Your assignment is to write an approximately 600-word blog post about People Analytics, and to post it on digital.hbs.edu by 11:00pm on Tuesday, April 13. Your post should be about an article from a media source or any other content of your choosing. Please include a link to the material you write about. Feel free to use graphics, data, videos, and links to other sites to complement your points.

Write your own reaction to your chosen article in the form of a short blog post. What is your point of view about the issues in question? Are you a proponent? A skeptic? Does your article describe a particularly effective use of data that should be emulated by other organizations? Or do you think it describes an ineffective or troublesome practice? You should go beyond simply describing what is in the article and articulate your own point of view on the topic.

After posting your own blog, please comment on three posts by other students by 9pm on Wednesday, April 14. Selected posts will be discussed in class.

If you have any problems with the digital.hbs.org platform, please email diplatform@hbs.edu for help, and visit the digital platform resources page for helpful advice.

Submitted (26)

Debugging the Pulse Check Survey
Laura Carlson
Last modified on April 12, 2021 at 2:55 pm
When was the last time you participated in a pulse check survey? Between bites of lunch, you dash off multiple-choice answers to “Does your work feel meaningful?” and “How heavy was your workload this week?” Possibly the answers are shown [...]
Unionization at Amazon and the future of employee surveillance
Posted on April 12, 2021 at 6:18 pm
All eyes were on Bessemer, Alabama this week, as workers at Amazon’s warehouse voted on whether or not they would unionize. Although the historic attempt was defeated, the demands made by union proponents raise broader questions around the future of [...]
The Future of Work Ecosystem is Missing Something
Moriya Blumenfeld
Posted on April 13, 2021 at 5:18 pm
**This is a blog post I wrote a couple months ago after studying the future of work space thoroughly and realizing what’s missing***   So let’s talk about what a company really is. It is no coincidence that the word “Company” [...]
Microsoft Analyzed Data on Its Newly Remote Workforce
Posted on April 13, 2021 at 10:37 pm
https://hbr.org/2020/07/microsoft-analyzed-data-on-its-newly-remote-workforce?ab=seriesnav-bigidea After a year of Zoom meetings, people are yearning for in-person connection at work. Interactions once considered foreign (like muting yourself after you finished speaking or turning off your camera to subtly suggest that you have left the room) [...]
Why police using facial recognition technology is wrong
Alfred Sogja
Last modified on April 14, 2021 at 10:26 am
We often forget that surveillance technologies are used by many institutions beyond the private sector. Take a look at modern police departments across the United States for instance. In New York City, the NYPD has transformed into a modern police [...]
When Confirmation Endangers Analytics
Stéphane V
Last modified on April 13, 2021 at 11:00 pm
At HBS, we are trained to make effective decisions based on incomplete data, and after two years of reading hundreds of cases, a lot of us become really good at advising CEOs about what they should do to solve a [...]
Course correcting your leadership journey with people analytics
Last modified on April 13, 2021 at 11:00 pm
How can people analytics help you become a better leader? Using data from multiple sources to create a leadership intelligence dashboard with access to your strengths and areas of improvement to keep you on the right track towards your true [...]