I recently made a career transition from academia as a Professor of IT Management to industry as Senior Data Scientist at one of the Big Four consulting firms. The research skills that I use for academic research are the same ones that I use to help my firm discover data-driven insights that are actionable and transformative for restructuring strategies and operations to drive business value. I thought this would be an easy argument to make during the interview process, but in the end I had to develop a less academic-sounding argument for the interviews. Provost and Fawcetts’ Data Science for Business was ideally suited for this purpose.
Provost and Fawcett is THE text if you want to learn advanced statistical methods in business-related problem-solving contexts separate from any specific programming language like R. It’s also the right choice if you want to understand data science from a strategic perspective and its process characteristics. Provost and Fawcett is extremely useful for anyone who is trying to get up to speed and demonstrate knowledge in business analytics or data science in relatively short manner. This text is extremely well written—the authors use non-technical language for the most part—and it’s interesting!