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Charles Davis

Charles Davis

Lecturer

Room 360
713-348-4033
ckdavis@rice.edu

 

 

 

Charles Davis is an authority on business computing and networking systems and has an extensive background in database management, big data, and analytics.  He has held technical and managerial positions with leading firms, including conducting operating systems research with IBM Corporation; domestic and international software development with Chase Manhattan Bank; corporate data center and networking management with Occidental Petroleum; information technology research and development with Pullman Incorporated, and information systems management consulting for Deloitte & Touche.

 

Professor Davis received the PhD in Informa­tion Systems and Quantitative Management Science from the University of Houston, an MBA in Management from Columbia University, an MAT in Mathematics from Harvard University, and a BS in Mathematics and Computer Science from Oklahoma State Uni­versity.  He has served as a member of the American Nation­al Standards Institute (ANSI) Technical Committee on Data Commu­nications and as International Director of Research for the Information Systems Audit & Control Association (ISACA).  He has been a lecturer with the Universidad Tecnologica de Panama, a Fellow of the Centre for Information and Knowledge Management at the University of Limerick in Ireland, and a Fulbright Fellow at the Universidad Del Valle de Guatemala.  During 2012-13, he was a Visiting Scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

 

Dr. Davis holds the Cameron Endowed Chair in Management and is a Professor of Information Technology Management in the Cameron School of Business at the University of St. Thomas.  He has authored, or co-authored, numerous articles dealing with the management of information technologies.  He is a frequent speaker at meetings of profes­sional socie­ties and has advised the City of Houston, Harris County (Texas), The Port of Houston, Reliant Energy (Houston), Arizona Public Service, Pacific Gas & Electric, Hughes Tool Company, HP Computer Corporation, ARAMCO, Yellow Cab Company, HYDRIL Corporation, and many others.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Davis is author, or co-author, of numerous articles dealing with the management of information technologies that have appeared in such publica­tions as the MIS Quar­terly, The Journal of Information Systems Education, the Association for Computing Machinery's Database, and Communications of the ACM.  In the summer of 2005, Dr. Davis conducted research on online teaching at the Universidad Tecnologica de Panama.  In 2006, he was designated as an Information Management Fellow of the Centre for Information & Knowledge Management at the University of Limerick (Ireland) and also served as a Fulbright Fellow engaged in teaching and research at the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala.  Dr. Davis was designated as a Fulbright Senior Specialist by the US State Department and the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars.  During the academic year 2012-13, he was a Visiting Scholar with the Center for Transportation and Logistics in the College of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, collaborating on research into Business Analytics and conducting a review of current literature in this rapidly evolving field.  Based upon this effort, he developed an article entitled “Beyond Data and Analysis:  Why Business Analytics and Big Data really matter for modern business organizations …”, which was published in the June (2014) issue of the Communications of the Association for Computing Machinery.  Additionally, he has drafted a Model Curriculum for a master’s degree in this field.  The manuscript “Toward a Model Curriculum for the Master of Science in Business Analytics” (coauthored with Dr. C. Dykman) was presented at (and included in the proceedings of) the October 2014 Big Data Analytics Education Conference sponsored by IBM, Syracuse University, and the University of Ottawa.  Dr. Davis’ current research focuses on the conceptual foundations and epistemology of Big Data and Analytics in the context of knowledge management and business decision making.  Finally, he is developing a graduate level course entitled “The Foundations of Business Analytics,” including a teaching case study that will provide a context and a range of analytics exercises to help reinforce student learning for that course. 

 

 

 

 

 

My interests lie with what is now being called Big Data Analytics.  I have a long-standing practical and academic background in this kind of work.  Of course, business professionals have been engaged in the analysis of increasingly complex strategic and operational problems since the beginnings of business, but the confluence of faster computing machines, bigger data architectures with faster data handling capabilities, automated data collection on all levels, autonomous machine intelligence, and more sophisticated modeling and analytical tools has transformed the old ways of doing analysis into something really new and very different; that is, different in kind and different in scope.  I consider myself surprisingly lucky.  The analytics and data manipulation that I have been doing all of my life in a host of interesting settings and situations has suddenly become the latest ‘hot new thing’ for businesses of every kind.