The Value of Evidence-Based Decision Making

What are some benefits of evidence-based decision making to human resource management? How important is data to evidence-based decision making? Does human resource management present unique challenges to capturing the needed data? Explain.
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Overview of Approaches to Obtain Data

Pease, G. (2015). Optimize your greatest asset—your people: How to apply analytics to big data to improve your human capital investments. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Read Chapter 1, “The Need for Measurement in a Changing Environment,” pages 1–16.

Historical Background

Bersin, J. (2013, February 17). Big data in human resources: Talent analytics (people analytics) comes of age. Forbes. Retrieved from

Some historical background on the use of data in human resource management.

Evidence-Based Decision Making

Onley, D. (2019). How leaders can make better decisions. HR Magazine, 64(3), 1.

Discusses the importance of open mindedness in effective business decisions.

Ward, D. (2017). Data-driven HR. HR Magazine, 62(9), 14–15.

Covers the benefits of data-driven HR.

HR Analytics and Metrics

Sousa, M. J. (2018). HR analytics models for effective decision-making. Proceedings of the European Conference on Management, Leadership & Governance, 256–263.

A very nice summary and explanation of HR analytics for decision making. Distinguishes between HR analytics and HR metrics.

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