Alessandro Comai

Ph.D. candidate at ESADE business school (URL) he holds a BSc (Honor) in Engineering and an MBA from the University of Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona (Spain) and a DEA from ESADE.

At the moment he is an associate professor of the University of Pompeu Fabra, (Barcelona, Spain) and it was a visiting professor at Tampere University of Technology (Tampere, Finland) (2005) were he researches and teaches business intelligence (BI).

He has written over 40 articles and papers about CI since 2001 and he is doing several researches in CI focused on for instance (a) developing the “World-class CI Function™ ( and (b) how to Mapping and Anticipating the Competitive Landscape™

He is co-author with Joaquín Tena of the books “Mapping & Anticipating the Competitive Landscape” and “Inteligencia Competitiva y Vigilancia Tecnológica: Experiancias de implantación en España y Latino America” a and co-author of the report “Software for Technological Patent Intelligence”. With Dr. John E. Prescott he has published the workbook “World-Class Competitive Intelligence Function™”. Now he is working in a new book (editor) titled "Business Early Warning", which will be available by Fall 2010.

Since 2002 he is the director and co-founder of the Spanish competitive intelligence magazine PUZZLE - Revista de Inteligencia Competitiva– He also has been an editorial member of theJournal of Competitive Intelligence and Management (2003-2006). SCIP member since 1999 ( he served the association several years. He also is the co-founder of the Spanish CI association (ASEPIC)

He also owns MINIERA ( a small consulting firm based in Barcelona specialized in: research, consulting, trainings and CI software (see: Clients are SMEs and Multinationals from Energy, Oil, Pharma, Automotive, Chemical, Finance, etc.sector.




John E. Prescott

Dr. John E. Prescott is the Thomas O'Brien Chair of Strategy and Director of the Doctoral Program in the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. John was a founder of SCIP, the 1991-1992

President, currently on the board of directors and a Trustee of the CI Foundation. He is a fellow, the 1994 meritorious award winner, a finalist for the Fay Brill Service Award and International Advisor of the Society of Competitive Intelligence, China. John was the executive editor of the
Competitive Intelligence Review for eight years and currently the co-editor of the Journal of Competitive Intelligence and Management. John is the author and/or editor of four books, the most recent being Competitive intelligence: A Guide to Your Journey to Best-Practice Processes and over 80 articles.

Professor Prescott designed the first MBA course in competitive intelligence and in 1986 was awarded the Valley Forge Honor Certificate for Excellence in Economic Education. In 1996 he designed and implemented the first web-based CI course. Dr. Prescott's research focuses on dynamic competitive rivalry, alliance networks, and technology strategy. He is the CI content expert at the American Productivity and Quality Center (APQC). He was the Dean of the Business Analyst Program at Texas Instruments. Dr. Prescott consults internationally.