Hugh James Watson
Department of Management Information Systems

Part-Time Professor

C429 Benson Hall
630 South Lumpkin Street
Athens, GA, 30602
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Dr. Hugh J. Watson is a Professor of MIS and a holder of a C. Herman and Mary Virginia Terry Chair of Business Administration in the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia. Hugh is a leading scholar and authority on business intelligence and analytics, having authored 24 books and over 150 scholarly journal articles. Hugh helped develop the conceptual foundation for decision support systems in the 1970’s, researched the development and implementation of executive information systems in the 1980’s, and for the past twenty years has specialized in data warehousing, BI, and analytics. Dr. Watson has consulted with numerous global organizations, including the World Bank, Intel, IBM, Conoco, and Glaxo, and conducted hundreds of executive development programs. Hugh is a Fellow of the Association for Information Systems and The Data Warehousing Institute and is the Senior Editor of the Business Intelligence Journal. He is also the founder of the Teradata University Network, a free portal for faculty and students who want to learn about data warehousing, BI/DSS, analytics, and database. For 20 years, Hugh was the consulting editor for John Wiley & Sons’ MIS series. 


PhD, MIS, Florida State University, 1969

MBA, Business, Florida State University, 1966

BSEE, Electrical Engineering, Purdue University, 1965


Fellow, Association for Information Systems, 2004

Fellow, The Data Warehousing Institute, 1996

Areas of Expertise

  • Business Intelligence
  • Data Warehousing

Research Interests

  • Business Intelligence
  • Data Warehousing

Editorial Appointments

Senior Advisory Board, Communications of AIS, 1998 - present

Senior Editor, Business Intelligence Journal, 1996 - present

Editorial Board, Journal of MIS, 1991 - present