Session Outline

In this session we will discuss…

  1. How network data is generated: three types of relationship data are used to represent organizations as networks—instrumental, affective, and online
  2. How network data is analyzed: two types of measures are used to describe organizational networks—measures of cohesion (for the organization/group as a whole) and measures of position (for each individual within the organization/group)
  3. How network data is applied: two types of outcomes can be predicted or explained by network data—individual-level, e.g. salary and time-to-promotion and group/unit level, e.g. turnover and productivity

Key Takeaways

  • Connectedness = success, i.e. the better connected individuals, teams, and units are, the better their performance tends to be
  • To achieve the benefits of better connectedness, leadership need to see the organization as a network of relationships
  • This is only achieved if people analytics staff knows how to correctly generate, analyze, and apply network data.



Starling D. Hunter – Partner and Chief Research Officer | Join21

Starling’s higher education was undertaken at Arizona State University, where he earned a BS in Electrical Engineering, and Duke University, where he earned both an MBA, and later a Ph.D. in Management.

His professional experience has been divided between industry and academia. Starling worked as an electrical engineer at the Boeing Aerospace and as a compensation analyst in the human resources group at Exxon Chemical. Since 2019 he has been a partner and chief research officer at Join21, an HR-tech start-up headquartered in Oslo, Norway.

Starling’s academic posts have been at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the American University of SharjahCarnegie Mellon University, and Florida Atlantic University.

Starling has published, reviewed, and edited numerous academic research papers on subjects as varied as management information systems, organization design, social network analysis, and business method patents.

April 28 @ 10:05
10:05 — 10:45 (40′)

Day 2 | 28th of April

Starling D. Hunter – Partner and Chief Research Officer | Join21