Keynote Speakers


F. Warren McFarlan

WarrenMcFarlanTwenty-five years ago, F. Warren McFarlan and three of his colleagues published one of the first—and most popular— textbooks for IS management courses.  Corporate Information Systems Management (now in its 8th edition and called Corporate Information Systems Strategy and Management) has guided many students through the wonders of information systems technology management and use. To celebrate this anniversary, ICIS 2015 is thrilled to have as our keynote speaker:

Professor F. Warren McFarlan, Baker Foundation Professor and Albert H. Gordon Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus at Harvard Business School

Dr. McFarlan’s presentation is titled: IT Impact and Management: 1960-2020

IT impacts—and the management practices that have attempted to control them—have a brief but fascinating history. Reviewing that history can inform our understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing businesses in the digital economy. Warren McFarlan wrote some of the earliest cases about the use of information technology in business. He has continued to study IT impacts and management as CIOs became senior level executives, boards of directors started to recognize the importance of technology in business success, and developments like Big Data, the Cloud, mobile devices and other technologies started transforming the way we do business. In this keynote speech, Professor McFarlan, offers a rich retrospective on our field: where we’ve been and where we’re headed.

Professor McFarlan earned his AB from Harvard University in 1959, and his MBA and DBA from the Harvard Business School in 1961 and 1965 respectively. He has had a significant role in introducing materials on Management Information Systems to all major programs at the Harvard Business School since the first course on the subject was offered in 1962. He was Senior Associate Dean and Director of Research from 1991 to 1995, Senior Associate Dean and Director of External Relations from 1995-2000, and Senior Associate Dean and Director of Asia Pacific from 1999-2004. Professor McFarlan was Guest Professor and Co-Director of the Case Development Center at Tsinghua University’s School of Economics and Management from July 1, 2009 to August 31, 2014.

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Thomas H. Davenport

Keynote Speaker, CIO Symposium

TomDavenportTom 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 teaches analytics and big data in executive programs at Babson, Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan School, and Boston University.

Davenport 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@Work, from Harvard Business Review Press, and he has a forthcoming book called Only Humans Need Apply: Winners and Losers in the Age of Smart Machines in early 2016. 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. He also writes a regular column for the Wall Street Journal’s Corporate Technology section. 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.

His keynote speech is titled: “Beyond Automation: Winners and Losers in the Age of Smart Machines.”