Workforce Science Project

The Workforce Science Project (WSP) brings together two central goals of workforce transformation, the use of data-driven insights, or talent analytics, to inform the management of human capital, and the inclusion of employees as full participants in the community of stakeholders.

Firms and investors increasingly recognize the critical role of talent analytics in achieving business outcomes and creating shareholder value. At the same time, leading firms are strengthening their commitment to developing innovative employment practices designed to improve their employees’ career prospects and quality of life.

Vanguard firms have begun to use analytics to evaluate their own social employment practices, but this use of analytics is not yet widespread. The Workforce Science Project promotes the assessment of social employment practices using the same talent analytics approaches that have been pioneered to evaluate productivity-driven talent management.

The Project sponsors and disseminates workplace research and encourages dialogue on policy issues through conferences that include the talent analytics community, academics, and a wide range of stakeholders. Because the areas touched by the growth of talent analytics are wide-ranging, the Project draws on experts in different disciplines including economics, psychology, management, and the law.

This project is under the direction of Deborah M. Weiss, Director, Workforce Science Project.

Please read more about "How workforce science can help workers (and firms, too!)"


Human Capital Reporting

We strongly encourage all organizations interested in human resources to become involved in the efforts to create international standards for Human Capital Reporting. These standards are currently in development under the auspices of the Employment Quality Metrics Project, (ww.eqmi.org)

Please contact Deborah Weiss for further information.


Workforce Science Fellows

  • Laurie Bassi, CEO, McBassi & Company
  • Nicola Bianchi, Assistant Professor of Strategy, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
  • Dean Carter, Vice President of Human Resources and Shared Services, Patagonia
  • David M. Condon, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Oregon
  • Benjamin U. Friedrich, Associate Professor of Strategy, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
  • Joni Hersch, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair; Professor of Law and Economics, Vanderbilt Law School
  • Diego Klabjan, Professor of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences; and Director of Master of Science in Analytics Program, McCormick School of Engineering, Northwestern University
  • Matthew Kugler, Associate Professor of Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • Kieu-Trang Nguyen, Assistant Professor of Strategy, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
  • Jennifer Shinall, Professor of Law, Vanderbilt Law School
  • Jörg L. Spenkuch, Associate Professor of Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
  • Kimberly A. Yuracko, Judd and Mary Morris Leighton Professor of Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

Events

Research Roundtable on Workforce Science
November 2, 2013

Leadership Roundtable on Talent Analytics and Workforce Science
October 23-24, 2014

Research Roundtable on Women in the Workplace: Perspectives from the Academic and Corporate World
March 12-13, 2015

Second Annual Leadership Roundtable on Talent Analytics and Workforce Science II
October 1-2, 2015

Third Annual Leadership Roundtable on Talent Analytics and Workforce Science III
November 17-18, 2016

Fourth Annual Leadership Roundtable on Talent Analytics and Workforce Science
October 19-20, 2017

Fifth Annual Leadership Roundtable on Talent Analytics
October 11-12, 2018

Sixth Annual Northwestern Talent Analytics Leadership Roundtable & Economic Opportunity Summit
November 7-8, 2019

TALREOS Webinar "People Analytics in the COVID-19 and Post-COVID-19 Worlds"
October 29, 2020

TALREOS Webinar "Next Practices in People Analytics"
December 3, 2020

TALREOS Webinar "Diversity, Equity & Inclusion - Action Research Studies"
February 4, 2021

TALREOS Webinar "Re-imagining Economic Opportunity & Career Mobility"
April 15, 2021

TALREOS Webinar "Integrated Enterprise Metrics"
June 9, 2021

TALREOS Webinar "Employment Quality Metrics for the Investor Community"
September 9, 2021