The Watson Dynasty

The Fiery Reign and Troubled Legacy of IBM's Founding Father and Son

by Richard S. Tedlow

On Sale: 11/23/2004

The Watson Dynasty

The Fiery Reign and Troubled Legacy of IBM's Founding Father and Son

by Richard S. Tedlow

On Sale: 11/23/2004

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About the Book

For an extraordinary fifty-seven-year period, the chief executives of the International Business Machines Corporation were Thomas J. Watson and Thomas J. Watson, father and son. IBM bears the imprint of both men -- their ambitions and their strengths -- but it also bears the consequences of a family that was in near-constant conflict.

Eminent historian Richard S. Tedlow explores the interplay between the personalities of these two extraordinary men and the firm they created. Both Watsons had deeply held beliefs about what a corporation is and should be. These ideas helped make "Big Blue" the bluest of blue-chip stocks during their tenure. These very ideals, however, also sowed the seeds for IBM's disasters in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when the company had lost sight of the original meaning behind many of the practices each man put into place.

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Critical Praise

“From Richard Tedlow’s insightful group portrait of seven American entrepreneurs...a rough formula for titanhood can be deduced.” - Atlantic Monthly

“Tedlow’s ‘passionate and fluid writing’ makes Giants of Enterprise a pleasure to read.” - Business Week

“Tedlow’s mastery as a historian…takes us to the heart of what is unique about the American economy.” - Michael E. Porter Bishop William Lawrence University Professor Harvard Business School

One of the top ten business books of 2001 - Business Week

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780060014063
  • ISBN 10: 0060014067
  • Imprint: Harper Paperbacks
  • On Sale: 11/23/2004
  • Pages: 352
  • List Price:21.00 CAD
  • BISAC1 : BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Corporate & Business History
  • BISAC2 : BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Business
  • BISAC3 : BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Leadership

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