Thomas H. Davenport

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Thomas H. Davenport
Born (1954-10-17) October 17, 1954 (age 65)
Alma materHarvard University
Scientific career
InstitutionsBabson College
ThesisVirtuous Pagans: Unreligious People in America (1980)

Thomas Hayes "Tom" Davenport, Jr. (born October 17, 1954) is an American academic and author specializing in analytics, business process innovation, knowledge management, and artificial intelligence. He is currently the President’s Distinguished Professor in Information Technology and Management at Babson College, a Fellow of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, Co-founder of the International Institute for Analytics, and a Senior Advisor to Deloitte Analytics.

Davenport has written, coauthored, or edited twenty books, including the first books on analytical competition, business process reengineering and achieving value from enterprise systems, and the best seller, Working Knowledge (with Larry Prusak) (Davenport & Prusak 2000), on knowledge management. He has written more than one hundred articles for such publications as Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, California Management Review, the Financial Times, and many other publications. Davenport has also been a columnist for The Wall Street Journal, CIO, InformationWeek, and Forbes magazines.

In 2003, Davenport was named one of the world’s 'Top 25 Consultants' by Consulting magazine, and in 2005 was named one of the world’s top three analysts of business and technology by readers of Optimize magazine.[citation needed] In 2012 he was named one of the world's "Top 50 Business School Professors" by Poets and Quants and Fortune Magazine.

One of his most popular books (coauthored with Jeanne Harris), Competing on Analytics: The New Science of Winning (Davenport, Harris & 2007; revised and updated in 2017), provides guidelines for basing competitive strategies on the analysis of business data, and highlights several firms that do so.

One of his sons, Hayes Davenport, is a television comedy writer and podcaster living in Los Angeles.[1] His other son, Chase Davenport, makes surfboards and researches artificial intelligence in San Francisco. [2]

Bibliography (partial)[edit]

  • Davenport, Tom (2008). "Enterprise 2.0: The New, New Knowledge Management?". Harvard Business Online, Feb. 19, 2008. Archived from the original on 2013-01-03.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Davenport, Thomas H.; Harris, Jeanne G. (2017) [2007]. Competing on Analytics: The New Science of Winning. Harvard Business School Press. p. 240. ISBN 1-4221-0332-3.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Davenport, Thomas H.; Leibold, M.; Voelpel, S. (2006). Strategic management in the innovation economy. Strategy approaches and tools for dynamic innovation capabilities. Wiley. pp. 441. ISBN 3-8957-8263-7.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Davenport, T. H. (2005). Thinking for a Living: How to Get Better Performance and Results from Knowledge Workers. Harvard Business School Press. ISBN 1591394236.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Davenport, T. H.; Beck, J. C. (2001). The Attention Economy: Understanding the New Currency of Business. Harvard Business School Press. ISBN 1-57851-441-X.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Davenport, Thomas H.; Prusak, Laurence (2000). Working Knowledge: How Organizations Manage What they Know. Harvard Business School Press. pp. 240. ISBN 1-57851-301-4.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Davenport, Thomas H.; Prusak, Laurence (1997). Information Ecology. Oxford University Press. p. 288. ISBN 0-19-511168-0.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)

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