Presented by: David E. Caughlin, Ph.D. and Kelsey Kline, Ph.D.

In response to the growing interest in data analytics, this session offers an introduction to HR analytics by reviewing important considerations when acquiring, managing, and analyzing HR data and telling a story based on the findings.


The session provides a conceptual overview of human resource (HR) analytics as an approach to data-informed decision making regarding people at work. Subtopics include challenges and opportunities associated with acquiring and managing HR data, choosing an appropriate analysis, and telling a compelling and accurate story based on data-analysis findings.


Learning Objectives:

  • Define human resource (HR) analytics.
  • Explain the value of using HR data to inform decision making about people at work.
  • Identify examples of data-analytic tools and techniques along the analytics continuum.
  • Describe different considerations when storytelling with HR data.


David Caughlin, Ph.D. is the Cameron Professor of HR Analytics in the School of Business at Portland State University. His research focuses generally on supervisor support, work motivation, and occupational safety and health, and has work been published in peer-reviewed outlets such as Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, Stress and Health, and Psychology, Public Policy, and the Law. At the undergraduate level, David teaches courses called HR Management and HR Information Systems & People Analytics. David co-developed the university’s new Human Resource Analytics Graduate Certificate and teaches the following courses in the program: Introduction to HR Analytics, HR Analytics Tools & Applications, and HR Analytics Capstone. He is also an affiliated faculty member with the university’s Advancement of Interdisciplinary Methodology for Social Science. In 2019, he co-authored the textbook “Human Resource Management: People, Data, and Analytics.”


Dr. Kline leads the Talent Research team at Intel, where she applies rigorous workforce research and advanced analytics to support organizational initiatives. She also teaches part-time in the HR Analytics certification program at PSU. Prior to joining Intel, she worked as a senior talent management and organization development consultant, working with clients spanning various industries – including hi-tech, professional athletics, healthcare, and more. Dr. Kline advocates for a people-oriented, yet research-driven, approach to organization development and talent management. The people make the organization, and strong talent research and workforce analytics guide organizations to make the best possible decisions to empower and enable those people. She received her Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of Akron in 2015, and her research interests include talent assessment & development, performance management, and employee well-being. Dr. Kline’s recent presentations and publications include topics such as virtual team effectiveness, performance management design, and measuring senior leader development.


HRCI: 1 business credit – APPROVED

SHRM: 1 PDC – approved



7:30am – 9:00am


2 Locations! Main Location – Doubletree – Lloyd Center
1000 NE Multnomah St
Portland 97204
United States


David E. Caughlin, Ph.D. & Kelsey Kline, Ph.D.