Sloan School: How to build data literacy in your company

Mar 8, 2021 | News


Data literacy has become an in-demand skill for many workers. To get started, leaders should know what it means and establish a common language for learning.


Data literacy — the ability of a company’s employees to understand and work with data to the appropriate degree — can be a stepping stone or a stumbling block when it comes to building a data- driven company.

A recent Gartner survey of chief data officers found that poor data literacy is one of the top three barriers in building strong data and analytics teams, while a data literacy survey by Accenture of more than 9,000 employees in a variety of roles found that only 21% were confident in their data literacy skills.