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Making Sense Of Big Data Is Focus Of Special Event At UC Irvine

March 23, 2016

Irvine, CA – (March 23, 2016) – How do mountains of data translate into smart business decisions? Find out at the “Making Sense of Big Data: How Industrial and Organizational (I-O) Psychologists Use Big Data to Drive Smarter Business Decisions” community conference to be held Wednesday, April 13 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business Auditorium.

Sponsored by The Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) and the Merage School, the program will feature experts in the interpretation and use of Big Data including: Alexis Fink, director of Talent Intelligence and Analytics for Intel Corporation; Rick Guzzo, partner at Mercer and Co-Leader of Mercer’s Workforce Sciences Institute, and Sara Roberts, co-founder and principle consultant of Category One Consulting, in Omaha, NE. Jolene Skinner, global director of Engagement and Culture at Sitel Corp. in Nashville, TN, will moderate the program.

Designed for business and HR professionals and graduate students, the program will explore Big Data—a term used to describe the ever-increasing quantity of information collected, stored and used by organizations to reveal patterns, trends, and associations, especially relating to human behavior and interactions. Attendees will learn how to leverage Big Data to magnify the differences between them and other organizations. They will also examine how balancing discovery through data-digging with defining needs, asking the right questions, determining the appropriate data set and analyses needed can help with successful business strategy implementation. In addition, participants will discover how I-O psychologists have become key players on analytical teams because of their ability and training to think critically about human behavior.

“Big data can provide a key source of insight for business analysis and I-O psychologists possess the research insight and analytical skills that make them valuable HR partners who can guide critical decisions needed for business success,” said Skinner.

Conference registration is complimentary; to register, send an email to the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology Information Officer Clif Boutelle at boutelle@siop.org, or call 419-353-0032 for details.

The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) is an international group of nearly 8,000 industrial-organizational (I-O) psychologists who study and apply scientific principles concerning workplace productivity, motivation, leadership and engagement. SIOP’s mission is to enhance human well-being and performance in organizational and work settings by promoting the science, practice and teaching of I-O psychology. For more information about SIOP visit www.siop.org.

About The Paul Merage School of Business

The Paul Merage School of Business offers four dynamic MBA programs, a Master of Professional Accountancy – plus PhD and undergraduate business degrees – that deliver its thematic approach to business education: sustainable growth through strategic innovation. It graduates leaders with the exceptional ability to help grow their organizations through analytical decision-making, innovation and collaborative execution. In-class and on-site experiences with real-world business problems give students the edge needed to help companies compete in today’s global economy. To learn more, visit: merage.uci.edu.

Anne Warde


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