Accenture Institute for High Performance: Our Researchers


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The Institute's world-class researchers and practitioners have helped establish Accenture as the preeminent authority on how to define, measure and become a high-performance business or government. They conduct cutting-edge research, publish their findings and interact heavily with Accenture clients.

In addition to maintaining an active research and publishing schedule, many Institute researchers hold graduate business school teaching appointments at Harvard Business School, the Sloan School of Management at MIT, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and Babson College.

They collaborate frequently with academic peers and sector specialists, present papers at industry and professional conferences and both facilitate and present in workshops designed for Accenture clients and senior executives.

Meet the Researchers

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Allan Alter
Allan Alter is a research fellow at the Accenture Institute for High Performance. He is the former editor-in-chief of the MIT Sloan Management Review and editorial research director of Ziff Davis Enterprise, and was an editor, columnist and writer with CIO Insight, CIO magazine and Computerworld. Alter holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan.


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Josh Bellin
Josh Bellin is a research fellow at the Accenture Institute for High Performance. His work has focused on the operating models, global leadership and marketing capabilities of multinational firms. Bellin earned his undergraduate degree at Oxford University and his master's at the London School of Economics.


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Tim Cooper
Tim Cooper is a senior research fellow at the Accenture Institute for High Performance, where he focuses on public sector reform and economic competitiveness. He is currently leading a program of research on the future of government and previously led a major project for the United Nations on corporate sustainability.
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Elizabeth Craig
Elizabeth Craig is a research fellow at the Accenture Institute for High Performance, specializing in researching careers and human resource management. Elizabeth has a Ph. D. in Management from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a Master's degree in Human Resource Management from the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University, New Jersey.


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Jeanne G. Harris
Jeanne Harris is Managing Director of Information Technology Research at the Accenture Institute for High Performance in Chicago. Jeanne leads the Institute’s global research agenda in the areas of information, technology, and analytics. Additionally, Jeanne is on the faculty at Columbia University, where she teaches a graduate level course on Business Analytics and Strategic Intelligence. In 2009, Jeanne received Consulting Magazine’s Women Leaders in Consulting award for Lifetime Achievement.


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David Light
Dave Light is the editor and publisher of the Accenture Institute for High Performance, a position he has held since 2004. He is also a contributing editor to Outlook, Accenture’s journal of high-performance business. Before coming to Accenture, he spent nine years as an editor at Harvard Business Review and MIT’s Sloan Management Review. He has a master’s degree in European history from the University of Massachusetts.


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Raghav Narsalay
Raghav Narsalay is the India Lead at the Accenture Institute for High Performance. Under his leadership, the India team has published several interesting research reports providing strategic insights to companies to do business in rural markets and to use business model innovation as a profitable growth tool.


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Paul F. Nunes
Paul Nunes is the Global Managing Director of Research at the Accenture Institute for High Performance. The Institute is a global think and act tank, with researchers in Boston, London, Mumbai, Beijing and Sao Paulo. His research has focused on IT–led changes in business and marketing strategy, with a specific focus on the changes occurring in consumer behavior and marketing channels.


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Armen Ovanessoff
Armen Ovanessoff is a senior research fellow within Accenture's think tank, the Institute for High Performance, where his focus is on macro-economic, geo-political and business trends in emerging economies.


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Eduardo Plastino
Eduardo Plastino is a research fellow at the Institute for High Performance in São Paulo. He focus on the challenges facing Brazilian companies in a globalized economy. Before joining Accenture in July 2013 he was the Senior International Economy Analyst at the analysis and advisory firm Oxford Analytica. Mr Plastino holds Master’s degrees from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the Pontifical Catholic University at Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio).


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Mark Purdy
Mark Purdy is a managing director and chief economist at the Accenture Institute for High Performance. Purdy leads Accenture’s research into a wide range of macroeconomic and geopolitical issues shaping the CEO agenda, including globalization and the business implications of climate change.


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Matthew Robinson
Matthew Robinson is the managing director of policy research at the Accenture Institute for High Performance. His areas of current interest include new drivers of economic growth, multi-sector collaboration, public-service reform, open business models, business simulation, and corporate agility. Before joining the institute in 2006, he was a consultant in Accenture’s strategy practice. Prior to Accenture, he was an advisor to a UK Member of Parliament. He holds an MA in philosophy, politics & economics from the University of Oxford. He is based in London.


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Robert J. Thomas
Robert J. Thomas is global managing director of the Accenture Institute for High Performance and Professor of Leadership at the Brandeis University International Business School where he also chairs the advisory panel for the Perlmutter Institute for Global Leadership.


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Noshua Watson
Noshua Watson is a research fellow at the Accenture Institute for High Performance, based in London. Dr Watson has previously been a research fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, a visiting scholar at Columbia Business School and a reporter at Fortune magazine. She holds graduate degrees from Stanford University and INSEAD.


Accenture Institute for High Performance Research Partners

Roland J. Burgman
Roland J. Burgman, an executive research associate is the founder and CEO of AssetEconomics, a New York-based advisory firm focusing on shareholder value, strategic management and strategic marketing issues. He has particular expertise in managing for future value, intangibles and value driver management, and in corporate reporting on intangibles.
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Susan Cantrell
Susan Cantrell the president/CEO of The Cantrell Group, a research and consulting organization. She specializes in human performance and is an author (together with Accenture’s David Smith) of the upcoming Harvard Business Press book, Workforce of One: Revolutionizing Talent Management through Customization.
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Rob Cross
Rob Cross, an Institute research fellow, is a professor of management at the University of Virginia and Research Director of the Network Roundtable, a consortium of 75 organizations sponsoring research on network applications to critical management issues.
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Larry Downes
Larry Downes, an Institute research fellow, and a consultant and speaker on developing business strategies in an age of constant disruption caused by information technology. Downes is best known for his book, Unleashing the Killer App: Digital Strategies for Market Dominance which focuses on the potential of products and services for dramatically changing business.
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Christopher DiGiorgio
Christopher DiGiorgio is Executive Research Fellow at the Accenture Institute for High Performance. Before joining the Institute he had responsibility for Accenture’s overall practice in the Bay Area as the Managing Director with over 2300 people. Chris also previously led our High Tech practice in the Silicon Valley thru the Pacific Northwest.
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