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Friday Seminar 2: How to Conduct Organizational Network Analysis to Understand Talent

Friday, April 20, 2018
8:00am – 11:00am
Ontario Room


Meghan R. Lowery, Eli Lilly & Co.
Christoffer Lynggaard Kønigsfeldt, Innovisor


Nate Dvorak, Gallup


This seminar explores the use of Organizational Network Analysis to create statistical and technical models that describe communication and social networks in organizations. Learn about different types, analytical techniques, plan for tactical execution, and how to sell business leaders on utilizing this method! Real organizational examples provided.

Full Description:

Starting with the “what” and the “why,” we will review important concepts related to Organizational Network Analysis (ONA) and how you can impact and influence your organization positively by engaging in this important work.  Both passive and active data collection will be discussed, as well as addressing the “how”:  how to get this done, how to analyze, and how to interpret.  One of the hardest parts is gaining buy-in from senior leaders, and we’ll explore how other companies have succeeded in doing so, along with relevant organizational examples with real data.  No experience necessary, just enthusiasm and curiosity needed!

Intended Audience:

This session is intended for I-O and HR professionals looking to explore how to create or expand an ONA strategy within their organization, including globally. No previous knowledge or experience with ONA required, but post-graduate level experience in psychological measurement is recommended.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the purpose of Organizational Network Analysis (ONA)
  • Compare and summarize the differences between ONA methodologies
  • Discuss analytical approaches and the pros/cons of using a vendor
  • Plan the execution of an ONA within an organization
  • Demonstrate how to sell the process to business leaders and to utilize this in your own organization

Presenter Biographies:

Meghan Lowery, Ph.D., is in the Workforce Research group in the HR Talent Management COE at Eli Lilly & Co., and has responsibility for the design, administration, delivery, and analysis of a variety of workforce research/talent analytics projects, including ONA. She provides consulting expertise to a variety of business partners to answer intriguing questions about the Lilly workforce. She also maintains firm connections with benchmarking/best practices memberships (e.g., The Mayflower Group, Attrition Retention Consortium), and professional memberships (e.g., SIOP). She joined Lilly in 2015 from St. Louis, MO after 4 years as Director, Organizational Consulting at Psychological Associates, where she led the Surveys & Feedback department and served as a consultant to Fortune 500 businesses in the areas of talent management, executive coaching, assessments for selection and development, leadership development, and C-suite consultative services. Additional experience has included a Director-level role overseeing a graduate student-run consulting firm, and holding adjunct faculty roles at multiple universities.  Meghan earned a Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology (2010, Southern Illinois University Carbondale), a M.S. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology (2007, Missouri State University), and a B.S. with Honors in Psychology with a minor in Leadership Communication (2005, Texas State University).

Christoffer Lynggaard Kønigsfeldt, M.Sc., is a Project Manager at Innovisor. Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, Innovisor is the leading advisory in the use of Organizational Network Analysis. He joined Innovisor in 2015 as a Business Analyst while completing his Master’s Degree. As Business Analyst, he was responsible for analyzing ONA data as well as developing Innovisor’s unique benchmark database. In 2016 he was granted more direct client responsibility and moved into a Project Manager position. In this role, Christoffer has managed entire ONA projects for many clients, including Fortune 500 businesses. The tasks include scoping the analysis, data collection, data analysis, reporting and action planning. Christoffer earned a M.Sc. in Finance & Strategic Management (2016, Copenhagen Business School), and a B.S. in Political Economy, Globalization (2013, University of California at Berkeley).

Coordinator: Nate Dvorak


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