The Consortium.

Sharing research and adoption strategies.

TheConsortium by Crunchr

Crunchr created The Consortium to bring together people analytics professionals with the aim to explore innovation together, initiate (research) projects and discuss how to get people analytics to the heart of HR professionals.

  • Universities and sizable companies can join if you are willing to contribute for the greater good.
  • It is free to join, but you are expected to donate knowledge, an open mind and some of your time.
  • We come together three times a year and organise ourselves as a community. We aim to share what we have learned.

Why did we start The Consortium?

Companies are keen to explore the art of the possible in people analytics. They are inspired by examples of how people and business data can become a competitive advantage to companies. Workforce analytics summits are organized everywhere and people searching on Google for “People Analytics” have increased with 335% over the last 3 years.

However, according to the 2016 Bersin report by Deloitte Research, 92% of companies struggle to start or advance in people analytics and are stuck in basic HR reporting. Apart from practical constraints of data consolidation and validation, we observe two underlying reasons: companies do not understand what is possible with the data nor how it can be made possible.

Crunchr believes that techniques from non-HR domains can be applied to the HR domain. For example: workforce planning is an application of logistic optimization, while the strength of succession planning networks relates to graph theory, and talent identification can be solved with pattern recognition.

To really help the HR domain in advancing and facilitating next steps, thorough research needs to be done on how these existing techniques can be applied. Whilst every company has different challenges, we believe that techniques are relatively similar. Therefore, we see a joint research consortium as a platform to do fundamental research and to share (non)success stories so that everybody can learn from them.

A selection of research topics

We've collaborated with companies and universities on the following topics:

  • Succession Planning. How likely is a succession proposal given the current succession network?

    Thesis research done by Bastiaan Kars, under supervision of dr Evert Haasdijk, S. Bhulai and Dirk Jonker

  • Analyzing real career pathing and predicting talent traffic jams at Wolters Kluwer

    Research done by Marielle Sonnenberg, Rianne Kaptein and Dirk Jonker

  • Predicting voluntary employee turnover using core employee data

    Research done by Sjoerd van Bekhoven, under supervision of M. Reinders, M. Loog, B. Bhulai, W Kouw and Dirk Jonker

  • Distance based source domain selection for automated

    sentiment classification

    Thesis research done by Lex Schultz, under supervision of Marco Loog, Rianne Kaptein and Dirk Jonker

  • Identifying pockets of cost savings opportunities with 

    organisational inefficiencies

    Research done by PwC North America and Dirk Jonker