Thomas Davenport

Thomas is a renowned thought-leader who has helped hundreds of companies worldwide to revitalize their management practices. He combines his interests in business, research, and academia as the President’s Distinguished Professor in Management and Information Technology at Babson College and as a Visiting Professor at the Harvard Business School for the 2012-2013 academic year. He’s also co-founder and research director of the International Institute for Analytics, and a Senior Advisor to Deloitte Analytics.

Tom has written or co-authored fourteen books, including several firsts in the areas of big data and analytics, business process reengineering, knowledge management, and the business use of enterprise systems. His concept of big data and analytics as a competitive differentiator, initially introduced in a Harvard Business Review article, Competing on Analytics, has been recognized by HBR editors as one the most important management ideas of the past decade and remains one of HBR’s ten must-read articles in that magazine’s 90-year history. Together with two highly acclaimed books, Analytics at Work: Smarter Decisions, Better Results and Competing on Analytics: The New Science of Winning, cited by CIO Magazine as one of the all-time “Top 15 Most Groundbreaking Management Books,” his work in this area is credited with spawning “a new breed of organization.”

His most recent book is Judgment Calls: Twelve Stories of Big Decisions and the Teams that Got Them Right. It was recently named one of the top ten business books of 2012 by Publishers Weekly. He is currently working on a new book on analytical thinking, tentatively titled Numbers Talk.

The author of hundreds of articles, columns and blogs for such publications as Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, CIO, and The Financial Times, he is quoted frequently in media such as The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.

Recognized as one of the top 25 consultants in the world and one of the 100 most influential people in the IT industry, he has also directed research centers at Accenture, McKinsey & Company, Ernst & Young, and CSC.

Tom earned a Ph.D. from Harvard University in social science and has taught at the Harvard Business School, the University of Chicago, Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, and the University of Texas at Austin.