Tom Davenport

President’s Distinguished Professor of Information Technology and Management, Babson College
Co-founder, International Institute for Analytics
Fellow, MIT Center for Digital Business


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 was among the first to write about both business process reengineering and knowledge management. More recently, 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 is Big Data at Work, forthcoming from Harvard Business Review Press in January 2014. He wrote or edited sixteen other books and over 100 articles for Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, the Financial Times, and many other publications. In 2003 he was named one of the world’s “Top 25 Consultants” by Consulting magazine. In 2005 Optimize magazine’s readers named him among the top 3 business/technology analysts in the world. In 2007 and 2008 he was named one of the 100 most influential people in the IT industry by Ziff-Davis magazines. In 2012 he was named one of the world’s top fifty business school professors by Fortune magazine.

Faculty Media

  • Tom Davenport's Guide to Big Data

    Big Data at Work: Dispelling the Myths, Uncovering the Opportunities, is a new book from Tom Davenport, a veteran observer of the data analysis scene. Its a required reading for managers that need...

  • Harnessing Quant Power

    In Thriving in a Big Data World in the Winter 2014 issue of MIT Sloan Management Review, Hayashi reviews 2013s Keeping Up with the Quants: Your Guide to Understanding and Using Analytics (Harvard...

  • 10 Kinds of Stories to Tell with Data

    For almost a decade I have heard that good quantitative analysts can tell a story with data. Narrative isalong with visual analyticsan important way to communicate analytical results to...

  • Looking Outward with Big Data: A Q&A with Tom Davenport

    The management scholar provides an incisive look at the true potential of big data and the many challenges to unleashing it.

  • What Makes Big Data Projects Succeed

    Tom Davenport, newest faculty member of Big Data, Making Complex Things Simpler, shares some of the key things he's learned from companies that are realizing substantial business value with their...


Contact Information

Email: tdavenport@BABSON.EDU
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