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McBassi Papers

Research and analysis by McBassi’s principals

McBassi & Company principals have conducted empirical analysis and research for years on the relationship between organizations’ investments in human capital development, management, and performance.

We can rigorously identify the linkages between work and learning environment and financial performance. Our research has produced an important discovery: a firm’s investment in employee education and training is a powerful predictor of its future total stockholder return.

Click the tabs below for additional details describing our research and analysis.

  1. 100 Questions HR Analytics Can Answer
    List of a wide variety of your people-related questions to tackle with HR Analytics.
  2. What Is Human Capital Analytics?
    Defines human capital analytics (HCA), describes the types of problems it can solve, and provides an overview of how to get started on HCA in your organization.
  3. Principles for Effective Employee Surveys
    Six key principles to guide you in creating an employee survey that captures meaningful, actionable information in an effective manner.
  4. Assessing Your Employee Engagement Survey: 10 Crucial Questions
    A quick assessment of how much value your organization is getting from its current engagement survey.
  5. Identifying Your Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
    A step-by-step guide on how to identify your organization’s key performance indicators, which are needed in order to determine which of your human capital practices are having the greatest impact on your organization’s key results.
  6. Nine Most Common ROI Mistakes
    Looking for a valid and credible ROI estimate? It’s trickier than you think. Here are some common traps to avoid.
  1. Training Investments as a Predictor of Banks’ Subsequent Stock Market Performance.
    Analyzes stock market data from 2004 to 2008 to assess whether training investments still predict stock market performance, even during the financial crisis of 2008. Finds evidence that the relationship still exists.
  2. Employers’ Perspectives on Human Capital Development and Management.
    Academic paper (submitted to OECD) that examines, from an organizational perspective, the role of human capital in creating value for organizations and in shaping future competitive advantage.
  3. The Impact of U.S. Firms’ Investments in Human Capital on Stock Prices.
    Rigorous statistical analysis that establishes a statistical link between firms’ investment in training and performance and stock market returns.
  4. Are Skills a Cost or an Asset?
    Exploration of firms’ treatment of their employees, finding that most tend to under-invest in their employees’ skills. Describes reasons, effects, and solutions to this phenomenon. Published in the Milken Review.
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