Accenture Institute for High Performance: Our Researchers

 

Image of a board meeting taking place

 

The Accenture Institute for High Performance is a global research center with teams based in Beijing, Boston, London, Mumbai, New Delhi and São Paulo. The Institute’s researchers develop and disseminate strategic insights for Accenture and its clients— “big ideas” that executives, economists, and policy leaders can act upon to bring about meaningful change in their organizations.

Since its beginnings in the mid-1990s, the Institute has helped establish Accenture as the preeminent authority on how to define and measure high performance, and also on how organizations can become high performers themselves. Its researchers have also developed seminal ideas on such topics as disruptive innovation, customer behavior, leadership teams, rural markets, public-sector innovation and national and regional economic growth.

Institute members bring sophisticated techniques to the job, including financial modeling and survey development. They also interact regularly with clients to learn first-hand about the current state of management challenges and emerging best practices, and to field-test their own hypotheses. The results frequently appear in leading business publications and journals around the world.

Institute researchers also hold teaching appointments at such institutions as Brandeis University, Columbia University and the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing. They collaborate regularly with academic peers, industry specialists and Accenture leaders; present cutting-edge findings at industry and professional conferences; and lead workshops for Accenture senior executives and clients.

Meet the Researchers

Image of Allan Alter

 

Allan Alter
Allan Alter is a senior research fellow at the Accenture Institute for High Performance. His research focuses on IT strategy. Prior to Accenture, he was the editor-in-chief of the MIT Sloan Management Review and an editor at Computerworld, CIO and CIO Insight. Alter holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from the University of Michigan. He is based in Boston.

 

Image of Josh Bellin

 

Josh Bellin
Joshua Bellin is a research fellow at the Accenture Institute for High Performance. His research focuses on the operating models, global leadership and marketing capabilities of multinational firms. Prior to Accenture, Bellin held a research position at the Harvard Business School. Bellin earned his undergraduate degree at Oxford University and his master's degree at the London School of Economics. He is based in Boston.

 

Image of Tim Cooper

Tim Cooper
Tim Cooper is a senior research fellow at the Accenture Institute for High Performance. His research focuses on the intersection of business and public policy, in particular new models of public service delivery, cross-sector collaboration and social innovation. Prior to Accenture, he worked as a civil servant in the UK Treasury and Ministry of Defense, advising ministers on a range of high-profile policy issues including departmental budgets, military operations and freedom of information. Cooper earned his undergraduate degree from the University of York and a master’s degree from Harvard University. He is based in London.

 

Image of Elizabeth Craig

 

Elizabeth Craig
Elizabeth Craig is a research fellow at the Accenture Institute for High Performance. Her research focuses on careers and human resource management. Craig has a doctoral degree 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. She is based in Boston.

 

Image of Jeanne G. Harris

 

Jeanne G. Harris
Jeanne Harris is managing director of information technology research at the Accenture Institute for High Performance. Her research focuses on information, technology and analytics. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a master’s degree in information science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is based in Chicago.

 

Image of Dave Light

 

Dave Light
Dave Light leads editorial and publishing operations for the Accenture Institute for High Performance. In that role, he manages the Institute’s pipeline of 80+ publications per year, from idea development to publication by Accenture and in leading business journals. Before joining Accenture, Light was an associate editor with Harvard Business Review and a senior editor with MIT Sloan Management Review. He is based in Boston.

 

Image of Raghav Narsalay

 

Raghav Narsalay
Raghav Narsalay is the India Lead at the Accenture Institute for High Performance. His research focuses on business model innovation, inclusive/frugal innovation, emerging market entry strategies and entrepreneurship. Prior to Accenture, Narsalay worked with organizations including Centre for Monitoring the Indian Economy, Department of Economics and Statistics at the Tata Services, Consumer Unity & Trust Society and Economic Laws Practice as a policy analyst and as an economist. He earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in statistics and economics from the University of Mumbai. In addition, he earned a master’s degree in law and economics from Erasmus University. Narsalay is based in Mumbai.

 

Image of Paul F. Nunes

 

Paul F. Nunes
Paul Nunes is the global managing director of the Accenture Institute for High Performance. His research focuses on IT–led changes in business and marketing strategy, with a specific focus on the changes occurring in consumer behavior and marketing channels. He earned his master’s degree in management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and his Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Northwestern University. He is based in Boston.

 

Image of Armen Ovanessoff

 

Armen Ovanessoff
Armen Ovanessoff is a senior research fellow at the Accenture Institute for High Performance. His research focuses on macro-economic, geo-political and business trends in emerging economies. Prior to joining the Institute, Ovanessoff was a strategy consultant at Accenture. Since joining the Institute, he has established the Institute’s India bureau, helped to establish the bureau in China, and also established its Latin America bureau. He holds degrees from the London School of Economics and Political Science, as well as qualifications from the Prague School of Economics and the Institut d'Etudes Commerciales Supérieures, Strasbourg. He is currently based in São Paulo, Brazil.

 

Image of Eduardo Plastino

 

Eduardo Plastino
Eduardo Plastino is a research fellow at the Institute for High Performance. His research focuses on the challenges facing Brazilian companies in a globalized economy. Before joining Accenture, he was the senior international economy analyst at the analysis and advisory firm Oxford Analytica. Plastino holds master’s degrees from the London School of Economics and Political Science and the Pontifical Catholic University at Rio de Janeiro. He is based in São Paulo.

 

Image of Mark Purdy

 

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. He is based in London.

 

Image of Matthew Robinson

 

Matthew Robinson
Matthew Robinson is the managing director of policy research at the Accenture Institute for High Performance. His areas of research include innovation in markets, industries and corporate and public policy. Prior to Accenture, he was an advisor to a UK Member of Parliament. He holds a master’s degree in philosophy, politics and economics from the University of Oxford. Robinson is based in London.

 

Image of Robert J. Thomas

 

Robert J. Thomas
Robert J. Thomas is a managing director of the Accenture Institute for High Performance. His research focuses on leadership and transformational change. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a doctoral degree from Northwestern University. He is based in Boston.

 

Accenture Institute for High Performance Research Partners

Susan Cantrell
Susan Cantrell is a research fellow at the Accenture Institute for High Performance. Her research focuses on human performance and talent management. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vassar College and a master’s degree in management information systems from Boston University. She is based in Fort Lauderdale.
Image of Susan Cantrell

Rob Cross
Rob Cross is a research fellow at the Accenture Institute for High Performance. His research focuses on how relationships and informal networks in organizations can be analyzed and improved to promote competitive advantage, innovation, customer retention and profitability, leadership effectiveness, talent management and quality of work life. He holds a master’s of business administration from the University of Virginia. He is based in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Image of Rob Cross

Larry Downes
Larry Downes is a research fellow with the Accenture Institute for High Performance. His research focuses on business strategies in an age of constant disruption caused by information technology. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University and a doctor of law degree from the University of Chicago. He is based in the San Francisco Bay area.
Image of Larry Downes

Christopher DiGiorgio
Christopher DiGiorgio is an executive research fellow at the Accenture Institute for High Performance. His research focuses on the economy and innovation ecosystem of Silicon Valley. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science and a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from California State University. He is based in San Jose.
Image of Larry Downes


To learn more about the Accenture Institute for High Performance, please contact us

Back to Institute for High Performance Research Page


To Top

Get in touch +1 (312) 842-5012   +1 (877) 889-9009
Accenture Institute for High Performance: Our Researchers 
Accenture Institute for High Performance has world-class researchers and practitioners, conducting cutting-edge research and publishes their findings.
Accenture Institute for High Performance, Researchers
Yes  Yes 
  No 
By using this site you agree that we can place cookies on your device. See our privacy statement for details.