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About thenelsontouch

Amit is the founder and managing director of Nelson Touch Consulting, a management consultancy that specializes in maximizing the return on human capital through strategy, incentives and analytics.

The State of Employee Health Care Benefits – An i4cp Research Report

The following is the executive summary of a research report I wrote for the Institute for Corporate Productivity on employee health care benefits.  The full report is available to members of i4cp. I am the director of primary research for … Continue reading

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Paradigms and People

Economics gets a bum rap as the dismal science or the undergraduate major of last resort. The truth is that the subject gains relevance only after you’ve had some real world work experience and are in a management role that … Continue reading

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“Solid State” Compensation – Part 1

There’s an established tradition in the social sciences of borrowing ready-made concepts or equations from physics and other sciences. The most famous is the use of a heat equation in the Black-Scholes option pricing model. There’s a growing movement in … Continue reading

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“Unaltyics” Award Nominee #2

Earlier this year, we launched the 2011 Human Capital Unalytics Award to recognize half-baked thinking in the field of human capital analytics.  We now have a second nominee to consider for the award. If analytics represent the use of data, … Continue reading

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Career Advice on Human Capital Analytics

In my Human Capital Institute (HCI) Executive Conversations webinar on “Making the Most of Human Capital Analytics” earlier today, I did not get a chance to offer the participants advice on how to get started in analytics. Here is the … Continue reading

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Team Incentives and the Free Rider Problem

Team incentives, where an individual’s compensation is based on the team’s performance, are notoriously difficult to implement. Yet more and more work in companies large and small is being done through formal or informal teams. What do we need to … Continue reading

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10 Grains of Salt to go with HR Research

The increasing popularity of human capital analytics has HR professionals contending with more statistics than they bargained for when they entered the field.  Is HR equipped to capitalize on the burgeoning human capital analytical research? My sense, based on questions … Continue reading

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