Giants of Enterprise: Seven Business Innovators and the Empires They Built

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Seven business innovators and the empires they built.

The pre-eminent business historian of our time, Richard S. Tedlow, examines seven great CEOs who successfully managed cutting-edge technology and formed enduring corporate empires.

With the depth and clarity of a master, Tedlow illuminates the minds, lives and strategies behind the legendary successes of our times:

. George Eastman and his invention of the Kodak camera;

. Thomas Watson of IBM;

. Henry Ford and his automobile;

. Charles Revson and his use of television advertising to drive massive sales for Revlon;

. Robert N. Noyce, co-inventor of the integrated circuit and founder of Intel;

. Andrew Carnegie and his steel empire;

. Sam Walton and his unprecedented retail machine, Wal-Mart.

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Richard S. Tedlow is the Class of 1949 Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, where he is a specialist in the history of business. He is the author of Giants of Enterprise: Seven Business Innovators and the Empires They Built. In addition to his teaching and research, Professor Tedlow has consulted and taught both marketing and business history to a variety of companies and organizations.

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Business historian Tedlow (Harvard Business Sch.) presents seven magnates in a historical context that reflects the growth of the United States as an economic power from the mid-1800s to the latter part of the 20th century. Presenting biographical essays divided chronologically into three sections, he first discusses Andrew Carnegie (U.S. Steel), George Eastman (Kodak), and Henry Ford (automobiles) and their contributions to the emergence of America as an economic force. The founding of IBM by Thomas Watson Sr. in 1924 and Revlon by Charles Revson in 1932 are then used to highlight technological leadership and marketing, respectively. The leadership, management, and determination of Robert Noyce (Intel) and Sam Walton (WalMart) demonstrate the success of entrepreneurs in recent times. Each essay concerns the central figure and his contribution, personal attributes and faults, family, close associates, and a history of the specific industry and American society at the time. Well-documented and very readable, this compendium is a good addition to academic and large public libraries. Steven J. Mayover, Philadelphia
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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