Thomas H. Davenport

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Thomas H. Davenport
Born (1954-10-17) October 17, 1954 (age 63)
Alma mater Harvard University
Scientific career
Institutions Babson College
Thesis Virtuous 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 and knowledge management. He is currently the President’s Distinguished Professor in Information Technology and Management at Babson College, Director of Research at the International Institute for Analytics, and a Senior Advisor to Deloitte Analytics.

Davenport has written, coauthored, or edited sixteen 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 CIO, InformationWeek, and Darwin 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]

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

Davenport was the co-author in 2013, with Randy Bean and Paul Barth, of an early seminal article on Big Data, “How Big Data is Different”, in the MIT Sloan Management Review.

His son, Hayes Davenport, is a comedian and podcaster living in Los Angeles.[1]

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