As an interdisciplinary initiative, Wharton People Analytics draws on numerous areas of study, from psychology to management, to fuel our work with organizations and drive innovation. Our competitions are an annual opportunity for us to learn from new voices in the field and celebrate the innovation that is occurring all around us – by academic researchers, student teams, and startup companies alike.


The fourth annual research paper competition showcases the latest, unpublished research in people analytics. Submissions this year involved a diverse set of research topics including advanced analytics around compensation, attitude measurement, diversity, and hiring.

Congratulations to our finalists

  • “Peer Bargaining and Productivity in Teams: Evidence on the Inequitable Division of Pay,” Lamar Pierce, Laura Wang, Dennis J. Zhang
  • “People Are Our Greatest Asset: Measuring the Market Value of Human Capital,” Erik Brynjolfsson, Daniel Rock, Prasanna Tambe, Jacqueline Barrett
  • “When Eliminating Bias Isn’t Fair: Analytics, Algorithms, And Procedural Justice,” David T. Newman, Nathanael J. Fast, Derek J. Harmon
  • “Necessary But Not Sufficient: Network Activation and Gender Inequality in Returns to Social Capital Among Entrepreneurs,” Mabel Abraham
  • “Minority Report: A Modern Perspective on Reducing Unethical Behavior in Organizations,” Oliver P. Hauser, Michael Greene, Katherine A. DeCelles, Michael I. Norton, Francesca Gino

Congratulations to our winners

“Minority Report: A Modern Perspective on Reducing Unethical Behavior in Organizations”

Oliver P. Hauser
Harvard Business School / Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University

Michael Greene
Deloitte Consulting

Katherine A. DeCelles
University of Toronto

Michael I. Norton
Harvard Business School, Harvard University

Francesca Gino
Harvard Business School, Harvard University

“When Eliminating Bias Isn’t Fair: Analytics, Algorithms, And Procedural Justice”

David T. Newman
Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California

Nathanael J. Fast
Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California

Derek J. Harmon
Ross School of Business, University of Michigan

“Necessary But Not Sufficient: Network Activation and Gender Inequality in Returns to Social Capital Among Entrepreneurs”

Mabel Abraham
Columbia Business School, Columbia University

Spotlight | Oliver Hauser: Research Paper Competition Winner

Dr. Oliver Hauser, a Research Fellow at Harvard University who conducts research at the Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School, was selected as the winner of the 2018 Wharton People Analytics Conference Research Paper Competition. In this presentation from the 2018 Wharton People Analytics Conference, he discusses his winning paper, “Minority Report: A Modern Perspective on Reducing Unethical Behavior in Organizations,” in which he combined data science and people analytics tools with field experiments and causal evidence to try to see what works to reduce unethical behavior in the field.


We are thrilled to partner with Global Health Corps (GHC) for our fifth annual Case Competition. GHC is a nonprofit organization with the mission to build the movement for health equality by placing Fellows at high-impact health organizations and training them to be global leaders. Student teams analyzed real data from the Fellow selection process at GHC to recommend strategies to optimize their application review process.

Congratulations to our finalists

  • Luiz Paulo Silva Barreto (McGill University and Fundação Getúlio Vargas)
  • Albert Cai, Angie Wang, and Liam Murphy (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Vincent Hong, Florence Ip, and Evan Wei (University of Waterloo)
  • Wichinpong “Park” Sinchaisri and Titipat Achakulvisut (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Elizabeth A. Tolman (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Congratulations to our winners

Albert Cai
Angie Wang
Liam Murphy
University of Pennsylvania

Wichinpong “Park” Sinchaisri
Titipat Achakulvisut
University of Pennsylvania

Vincent Hong
Florence Ip
Evan Wei
University of Waterloo

Spotlight | Student Case Competition

For the 2018 Wharton People Analytics Conference Case Competition, participants were invited to analyze data from Global Health Corps, a leadership development organization offering competitive fellowships to support global health equity, and recommend strategies to optimize the organization’s application review process. In these presentations, the five competition finalists present their proposed solutions.


The second annual startup competition showcases cutting edge startups working in the field of people analytics, from predictive hiring to employee retention. Startups have the opportunity to win one of two awards: Most Impactful and Most Innovative Use of Data.

Congratulations to our finalists

  • Headstart, “The best talent, intelligently matched with your culture”
  • Koru, “Predictive hiring for fit”
  • Paddle HR, “Employee retention made simple”
  • Peakon, “Provide the insights that help everyone in an organisation reach their full potential”
  • PLASTARC, “Where social research meets design – making the world better, one workplace at a time”

Congratulations to our winners

Most Impactful – Koru
Presenter: Josh Jarrett, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer

Koru’s Predictive Hiring platform predicts performance and culture fit of applicants before you meet them using the signals of career success in the innovation economy: grit, teamwork, impact, curiosity, polish, ownership, and rigor. We develop a unique predictive model for each company using machine learning and stack rank applicants by fit score with each job. We also make every candidate feel valued and provide personalized feedback. Enterprises and high-growth companies who use Koru see increases in top performers, reduction in churn, increased diversity, and reduced cost per hire.

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Most Innovative Use of Data – Plastarc, Inc.
Presenter: Melissa Marsh, Founder and Executive Director

PLASTARC was founded in order to address the needs of clients who find themselves at the intersection of critical opportunities to leverage space for enhanced organizational performance and culture. We are dedicated to increasing the flexibility and desirability of space through social research and occupant engagement.

We specialize in integrated workplace strategy and help clients leverage their real estate for optimal organizational performance. The most powerful and beneficial approach to workplace strategy usual arises from a combination of quantitative and qualitative measures.

PLASTARC is committed to using a combination of statistically vetted research approaches and innovative engagement techniques

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We will be announcing details for the 2019 Wharton People Analytics Conference competitions this upcoming fall/winter. If you do not yet receive emails about the conference and would like to join our mailing list, please click here. More conference videos can be found here.