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Harvard professor to tackle titans of business

Author and business historian Richard Tedlow will discuss "What the Titans Can Teach Us: Lessons from the Giants of Enterprise" at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business 39th annual William K. McInally Memorial Lecture.
Tedlow (Photo courtesy Richard Tedlow)

Tedlow's talk, which will be held at 5 p.m. Nov. 8 in Hale Auditorium, will be based on his research on the leadership strategies, styles and backgrounds of corporate chief executive officers in the United States during the past century and a half.

"Professor Tedlow is simply the most insightful and engaging business speaker I have ever heard," says Ross School Dean Robert Dolan. "He lectures to companies around the world and we are most fortunate to welcome him to Ann Arbor."

Tedlow, the Class of 1949 Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, has written several books, including "Giants of Enterprise: Seven Business Innovators and the Empires They Built"—selected by BusinessWeek as one of the top 10 business books of 2001. Two years ago he published "The Watson Dynasty: The Fiery Reign and Troubled Legacy of IBM's Founding Father and Son."

He currently is working on a new book, "The American: The Life and Times of Andy Grove," co-founder of Intel Corp. and its former CEO, chairman and president.

Tedlow earned a bachelor's degree from Yale University and master's and doctoral degrees in history from Columbia University and has taught business history at Harvard since 1979. He also has taught several executive education courses in general management and marketing strategy.

The McInally Lecture began in 1966 in memory of William K. McInally, who served on the Board of Regents from 1960 until his death in 1964. McInally was president and chairman of the National Bank of Jackson (Mich.) and was head of the Jackson law firm McInally, Rosenfeld and Firestone.

He also was a director of several corporations, including Jacobson's, S.H. Camp and Co., and Teer-Wickwire and Co.

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