Robert Plant

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Director, Intelligent Computer Systems Research Institute, School of Business Administration, University of Miami, Florida.

Robert Plant is an Associate professor at the School of Business Administration, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida and teaches technology and strategy at the executive level for clients including IBM, Motorola, Pratt and Whitney, American Express and other Fortune 500 companies. His research interests are centered on the future of technology, and the role of information systems in strategic management. He is the author of over 60 peer reviewed articles in the area of technology for outlets such as Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Sloan Management Review and Harvard Business Review.  He has also authored several books including: “eCommerce: Formulation of Strategy” (The Financial Times / Prentice Hall in English, Spanish and Chinese, 2000/4) and “An Executive’s Guide to Information Technology: Principles, business models, and terminology” published in 2007 by Cambridge University Press.

Recent research has centered on the area of corporate data centers and includes publications such as “The Disappearing data Center” published 2009 in the Harvard Business Review, “When will you outgrow your Data Center” published 2010 in Harvard Business Review: China, “How Green Is My Tech?” published in Sloan Management Review/Wall Street Journal in 2010 and “To Cloud or not to Cloud,” which appeared in WSJ April 2011 and “The Benefits of data talking to Data” WSJ April 2012. Dr. Plant is also a frequent and popular blogger for Harvard Business Review online.

He obtained his Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science at The University of Liverpool, England, previously having previously studied computation at Wadham College, Oxford University. Dr. Plant is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Chartered Engineer and European Engineer. He has held visiting teaching and research positions at: Templeton College, Oxford University, England; Universidad Gabriela Mistral, Santiago, Chile; Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand and Wuhan University, P.R. China.

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