Dr. Levenson is Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Effective Organizations in the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California. His action research and consulting with companies optimizes job and organization performance and HR systems through the application of organization design, job design, and human capital analytics.
Alec’s work with companies combines the best elements of scientific research and practical, actionable knowledge that companies can use to improve performance. He draws from the disciplines of economics, strategy, organization behavior, and industrial-organizational psychology to tackle complex talent and organizational challenges that defy easy solutions. His recommendations focus on the actions organizations should take to make lasting improvements in critical structures and processes.
Alec has spent over a decade training human resource professionals and teams in the application of human capital analytics, from a broad range of Fortune 500 and Global 500 companies. The tools and models are adapted from the scientific literature and applied to diagnose every aspect of data from surveys to interviews/focus groups, performance ratings, operational metrics, HRIS systems, and more.
His research has been published in numerous academic and business publications and featured in major media outlets including New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Economist, CNN, Associated Press, U.S. News and World Report, National Public Radio, USA Today, Marketplace, and Fox News. He received his PhD and MA in Economics from Princeton University and his BA in Economics and Chinese language (double major) from University of Wisconsin-Madison.