Comprehensive course analysis
Who should attend
If you have responsibility for leading an organization, initiative/project and/or team that relies heavily on data and information for decision-making, this program will benefit you.
About the course
Analytics is the combination of science and art that allows organizations to transform data into actionable insights to enable effective decision-making. With increasing amounts of data available to organizational leaders, it can be challenging to generate and apply the ‘right’ information to business and organizational challenges. Learn tools and methods that leaders can apply to real-world problems using data to: determine what happened – assess what might happen – prescribe what should happen.
Improve your ability to:
- Consider organizational challenges for which solution development would benefit from analytics
- Ask questions and frame problems that empower and guide your technical experts to source and compile the most relevant data to inform your analytics capability development and delivery
- Understand how to assess your organization in terms of its data and analytical maturity
- Leverage the technical experts on your team – and the value their efforts can bring the leadership team
This course provides strategic, organizational leaders an introduction to analytics; offers insight into how analytics can be used to address challenging business problems and processes; and explores how to successfully build, implement, and maintain an analytics capability at any organizational level.
You will gain an understanding of the analytics hierarchy, examine successful applications of various analytics tools and techniques from business, and explore what organizations need in terms of analytics strategy, human capital, and technology to successfully incorporate analytics into organizational decision-making.
The course culminates in an exercise that will allow you to articulate an organizational problem, assess organizational analytical maturity, identify needed analytics capabilities, and recommend actions to steer an organization toward being an analytical competitor.
Analytic Philosophy for Leaders and Decision Makers
- Determining the purpose of an analytics effort
- A leadership framework for decision making
- Avoiding decision making errors
Using Analytics to Address Organizational Challenges
- Ensuring the business and analytics problems are framed with stakeholder buy-in, where quality data is captured, curated, made available…and used!
- Exploring successful applications of descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics
Investing and Building Analytics Capabilities
- Analytics strategy – Developing an overarching analytics strategy that drives investment and implementation; Promoting analytics organization-wide for success
- Organizational changes – Integrating analytics into day-to-day and strategic decision-making
- Human capital management – Recruiting, developing, and retaining analytics talent
- Technology needs – Aligning technical capabilities with an analytics strategy
Addressing a Real-World Challenge from an Analytics Perspective
Applying course elements to articulate an organizational problem, assess organizational analytical maturity, identify needed analytics capabilities, and recommend actions to steer an organization toward being an analytical competitor
Value For You and Your Organization
Organizational leaders who can ask the right questions, frame the right business and analytics problems, and build the best technical teams are able to make decisions using data-driven, problem-centric approaches that are targeted, accurate, and appropriate for any given organizational problem. This program enables leaders to understand analytics with an eye towards solutions and problem-solving for improved decision-making.
Dr. Solo teaches a variety of courses in Supply Chain Management and Management Information Systems at Penn State. Prior to joining the Smeal faculty, Dr. Solo served over 21 years on active duty in the U.S. Air Force, where he held leadership positions in the intelligence, acquisition program ma...
Nathaniel D. Bastian, Ph.D. is a leader, practitioner, researcher, and educator of mathematical, computational, analytical, data-driven, and decision-centric methods to support the improvement and enhancement of decision-making in cyber security, national defense, military operations, human resou...
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