How Grad Students Help to Turn HR Theories into Practice - Analytics in HR

How Grad Students Help to Turn HR Theories into Practice

Even with the rise of people analytics, there is still a large gap between what organizational science recommends and what organizations actually do. Partnering with graduate...

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Even with the rise of people analytics, there is still a large gap between what organizational science recommends and what organizations actually do. Partnering with graduate students is one way to close this gap.
More and more companies are forming people analytics teams and the field is now a formal offering at universities. But despite advances, the way many companies practice HR and make people-related decisions remains relatively unchanged. For example, unstructured interviews continue to be used to make hiring decisions around the world, despite substantial scientific evidence that recommends otherwise.

But this evidence, like most other research that has the potential to change the nature of work, is often complex and confusing for organizations to navigate. The findings are often too theoretical, making it difficult for organizations to apply findings to their specific situations.

What organizations need is someone who can translate the language of science and research to that of their own world. Luckily, there are translators who are eager to help: graduate students in organizational science fields. Reading, interpreting, and summarizing research findings is a routine part of graduate student life, and many students are more than willing to offer their aid at little (and sometimes no) cost in exchange for the practical experience. Speaking from personal experience, we find it extremely rewarding to work outside of the realm of theory (and to provide value to real people!).

A common way that companies have partnered…

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