Accenture Institute for High Performance: Our Researchers
||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
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.
Josh Bellin is a research associate at the Accenture Institute for High Performance. His work has focused on topics including future value analysis and leading through social networks. Bellin earned his undergraduate degree at Oxford University and his master's at the London School of Economics.
Tim Cooper is a 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.
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.
||Jeanne G. Harris|
Jeanne Harris is executive senior research fellow and director of research at the Accenture Institute for High Performance.
Yi Liu is a research fellow at the Accenture Institute for High Performance. She has more than 10 years’ experience as a strategy consultant in China, and focus on topics about corporate strategy, business model and operation strategy, especially in telecommunication, internet and high tech industries.
David Light is a research fellow at the Accenture Institute for High Performance. David's previous positions have included an editorial role for the Harvard Business Review and the M.I.T. Sloan Management Review. He holds a Master's degree in European History from the University of Massachusetts.
Dr. Zhaoli Meng is a research fellow at the Accenture Institute for High Performance. She is focused on industry trends in Chinese business, especially China Internet business, China’s new energy industry and online consumer behavior.
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.
||Paul F. Nunes|
Paul F. Nunes is an executive research fellow at the Accenture Institute for High Performance Business in Boston, Massachusetts.
Armen Ovanessoff is a research fellow at the Institute for High Performance. He has been published on the business implications of globalization and economic growth in Asia, often concerning the intersection of business, government and civil society. Mr. Ovanessoff established the Institute’s India office in New Delhi and focuses on macro-economic and geo-political trends in emerging markets.
Mark Purdy is a senior executive and chief economist, 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.
||Robert J. Thomas|
Robert J. Thomas is Executive 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.
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.
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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|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.
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.
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.
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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