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

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

by Richard S. Tedlow
     
 

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Tedlow (Harvard Business School) examines the Watsons' reign at IBM from 1914-71. He argues that their innovative but complex legacy made their successors' jobs more difficult, but he does not blame them for the company's subsequent failures and successes. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR See more details below

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Tedlow (Harvard Business School) examines the Watsons' reign at IBM from 1914-71. He argues that their innovative but complex legacy made their successors' jobs more difficult, but he does not blame them for the company's subsequent failures and successes. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Tedlow (Harvard Business Sch.; Giants of Enterprise) brings us a tale of two Thomas J. Watsons, father and son. At 19, Watson Sr. was penniless and sleeping on sponges in the basement of a Buffalo, NY, drugstore-a rather inauspicious start for the man who, in 1914, would take the reins of the bumbling conglomerate Computing-Tabulating-Recording and turn it into that pioneering powerhouse of technology, International Business Machines. Watson Jr.'s beginnings were as shaky as his father's. Plagued by depression and failure, he was finally given the challenge he needed while serving as a World War II pilot, and the resulting turnaround eventually enabled him to take over the controls of "Big Blue." Tedlow offers insight into how the complex and often volatile personalities of father and son created the corporate ethos of IBM during their collective nearly 60 years at the helm. Although his parenthetical commentaries can be distracting, Tedlow does a fine job of synthesizing material from Jr.'s autobiography (Father, Son & Co.) and a plethora of sources into a highly readable work. Recommended for all business collections.-Carol J. Elsen, Univ. of Wisconsin, Whitewater Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Michael E. Porter
"Tedlow’s mastery as a historian…takes us to the heart of what is unique about the American economy."
Michael E. PorterBishop William Lawrence University ProfessorHarvard Business School
“Tedlow’s mastery as a historian…takes us to the heart of what is unique about the American economy.”
Business Week
One of the top ten business books of 2001
Atlantic Monthly
“From Richard Tedlow’s insightful group portrait of seven American entrepreneurs...a rough formula for titanhood can be deduced.”

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ISBN-13:
9781422352168
Publisher:
DIANE Publishing Company
Publication date:
07/01/2006
Pages:
340

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