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BUS 147 — People Analytics: How to Build a Talent Advantage

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 8 weeks
Date(s): Apr 18—Jun 6
Time: 5:00—6:45 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Apr 20
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $605
Instructor(s): Amit Mohindra
Limit: 30
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Closed
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Live Online(About Formats)
5:00—6:45 pm (PT)
Apr 18—Jun 6
8 weeks
Refund Date
Apr 20
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Amit Mohindra
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
A company’s market value is largely driven by intangibles, mostly associated with people-related items under the purview of human resources departments. These include leadership, talent, performance, organizational design, learning and development, and inclusion and diversity. People analytics is a new and growing HR function that blends data science (data management, systems, statistics) and workforce science (industrial and organizational psychology, organizational effectiveness, labor economics) to deliver a competitive advantage through people. People analytics describes and quantifies this intangible value so that decisions about people—as individuals and in teams and organizations—can be data driven. The right decisions on where to source talent, whom to hire and promote, which benefits to offer, which aspects of engagement to focus on, which skills to build or buy, and where to invest scarce HR budget resources can significantly impact business value and competitiveness.

This course will equip students with fundamental people analytics frameworks, approaches, and tools to help them thrive in the realm of Big Data, artificial intelligence, and the new world of work. We will cover how to assess needs, build a roadmap, and engage stakeholders. By the end of this course, students will be able to conduct people analytics projects, select the right metrics, tell a story with data, develop a business case for investment, and much more. Guest speakers—people analytics leaders and consultants from leading companies—will share their journeys, offer guidance, and answer your questions.

During the course, students will purchase case studies and Harvard Business Review readings. They can expect to spend an additional $30–$50 on these materials.

CEO, People Analytics Success

Amit Mohindra is an engineer, economist, and researcher and has held leadership positions in HR at Apple, Goldman Sachs, IBM, Lucent Technologies, McKesson, and Wayfair. He is also an investor and advisor to HR technology startups. Mohindra received an EdD in organizational change and leadership from USC.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Jonathan Ferrar & David Green, Excellence in People Analytics: How to Use Workforce Data to Create Business Value 1st Edition (ISBN 978-0749498290)
(Recommended)David Swanson & Jenny Dearborn, The Data Driven Leader: A Powerful Approach To Delivering Measurable Business Impact Through People (ISBN 978-8126574629 )