Thomas Davenport

Tom Davenport is the President’s Distinguished Professor of Information Technology and Management at Babson College, the co-founder of the International Institute for Analytics, a Fellow of the MIT Center for Digital Business, and a Senior Advisor to Deloitte Analytics. He has taught analytics and big data executive education programs at Babson, Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan School, and Boston University. Celebrated as a visionary thinker, Tom pioneered the concept of “competing on analytics” with his 2006 Harvard Business Review article and his 2007 book by the same name. Since then, he has continued to provide cutting-edge insights on how companies can use analytics and big data to their advantage – topics that he explores in his 2014 book, Big Data@Work (Harvard Business Review Press).

In recent years, Davenport has extended his work on analytics and big data to its logical conclusion–what happens to us humans when smart machines make many important decisions? In their groundbreaking 2015 Harvard Business Review cover article, “Beyond Automation,” Davenport and co-author Julia Kirby, reframe the automation debate, arguing that “augmentation”–people and machines working alongside each other–can help companies become more efficient while improving, rather than replacing, jobs for humans. Davenport and Kirby released a book on this topic, Only Humans Need Apply: Winners and Losers in the Age of Smart Machines, with Harper Business in May 2016.

Davenport has written or edited seventeen books and over 100 articles for Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, the Financial Times, and many other publications. He also writes a column for the Wall Street Journal. He has been named one of the top three business/technology analysts in the world, one of the 100 most influential people in the IT industry, and one of the world’s top fifty business school professors by Fortune magazine.

Davenport travels the world to provoke, stimulate, and equip audiences with the ideas, strategies and best practices proffered in his books. A seminal force in transforming business practices, he engenders change leadership through his ability to make even the most complex and sophisticated concepts accessible and applicable.

Davenport 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, Boston University, the University of Texas at Austin, and Babson College.

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