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 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

  • Working with Robots: Get Used To It

    Tom Davenport doesn’t make a ringing endorsement for robots in the workplace. The renowned analytics and knowledge management scholar used a trio of unflattering adjectives to describe the machines...

  • Bring Your Own Robot

    A startup called Jibo will soon introduce a social robot for the home. One for the office can’t be far behind.

  • 5 Essential Principles for Understanding Analytics

    Data, hardware, and software are available in droves, but human comprehension of the possibilities they enable is much less common.

  • How AI And Machine Learning Are Helping Drive The GE Digital Transformation

    In a matter of only a few years, GE has migrated from being an industrial and consumer products and financial services firm to a “digital industrial” company with a strong focus on the “Industrial...

  • Business Analytics Defined

    Thomas H. Davenport defines descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics—and when to use each.

  • Beyond Automation

    Suddenly, it seems, people in all walks of life are becoming very concerned about advancing automation. And they should be.

  • Video: Big Data and Analytics Right Now

    Two of the biggest names in analytics thought leadership, Erik Brynjolfsson and Thomas H. Davenport, discuss the aspects of analytics that business leaders should be thinking about right now.

  • It's Way Too Late Not to Know Where Your Data Is

    One of the paradoxes of IT planning and architecture is that they have made it more difficult for people to find the data they need to do their work.

  • Keep Up with Your Quants

    When I asked the leader of the mortgage business why he’d ignored the advice, he said, “If the analyst showed me a model, it wasn’t in terms I could make sense of. I didn’t even know his group was...

  • 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.


Contact Information

Email: tdavenport@BABSON.EDU
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