Thomas Davenport is a renowned thought-leader who has helped hundreds of companies worldwide to revitalize their management practices, Tom engenders change leadership through his ability to make even the most complex and sophisticated concepts accessible and applicable. He combines his interests in business, research, and academia as the President’s Distinguished Professor of Information Technology and Management at Babson College. Tom is also 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 teaches analytics and big data in executive programs at Babson, Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan School, and Boston University.
Tom has written or co-authored seventeen books, including several firsts in the areas of big data and analytics, business process reengineering, knowledge management, and the business use of enterprise systems. He pioneered the concept of “competing on analytics” with his best-selling 2006 Harvard Business Review article (and his 2007 book by the same name). His most recent book Big Data@Work, covers all the bases including what big data means from a technical, consumer and management perspective and where it can have real business impact. His book, Judgment Calls: Twelve Stories of Big Decisions and the Teams that Got Them Right, was named by Publisher’s Weekly as one of the best business books of 2012.
It surprises no one that Tom has once again branched into an exciting new topic. A topic that 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? Davenport and Julia Kirby, his frequent editor at Harvard Business Review, published the lead/cover article in the HBR June 2015 issue. Called “Beyond Automation,” it’s the first article to focus on how individuals and organizations can add value to the work of cognitive technologies. It argues for “augmentation”–people and machines working alongside each other–over automation. Davenport and Kirby will also publish a book on this topic with Harper Business in 2016.
Professor Davenport has also authored hundreds of articles, columns and blogs for such publications for Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, the Financial Times, and many other publications. He also writes a weekly column for the Wall Street Journal’s Corporate Technology section. Tom 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.
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, Boston University, and the University of Texas at Austin.