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....
|Title||:||The Watson Dynasty: The Fiery Reign and Troubled Legacy of IBM's Founding Father and Son|
|Publisher||:||Harper Paperbacks November 23, 2004|
|Number of Pages||:||352 pages|
|File Size||:||863 KB|
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The Watson Dynasty: The Fiery Reign and Troubled Legacy of IBM's Founding Father and Son Reviews
This was a fascinating read. Not only was it about the relationship of the two Watsons with each other, but there was quite a bit of information involving business history, comparing IBM's experiences and challenges with other companies in the past, which I felt added a lot of depth to the story. I highly recommend this book - I couldn't put it down.
This is a description of the founding and maturation of IBM. It described Thomas Watson sr and his background. And it gives an interesting history of IBM itself. I was particularly interested since our local Public Television Station, WSKG has just produced a 90 minute documentary on the same subject. This book provides a fuller description both of the personalities of the Watsons but also of their philosophy of selling and the development of IBM. Having dealt with the company as a customer and as a corporate donor to my institution, it was interesting to learn something of the background. The book is well written and interesting.
Great untold story
Those who have read Tedlow's Giants of Enterprise are already aware of his unique and abundant skills as a brilliant thinker and eloquent writer. In this volume, he focuses his attention on Thomas Watson Sr. and Jr. who established and then developed one of the great dynasties in modern business history. (Watson Sr. was among seven "Giants" Tedlow discusses in his previous book.) This volume consists of several separate but carefully integrated parts: Watson Sr.'s life and career, his son Tom's life and career, and their often volatile personal as well as professional relationship at IBM.
If you are interested in the lives of the father and son that built IBM, this book is a pretty good place to start. It is an interpretive essay rather than an academic or formal biography. Since the author is basing this book on secondary sources, he carefully lists all the sources he relied on to write this book, He doesn't claim to provide original research or to have had access to primary sources that aren't publicly available. But it is good for a quick read and introduction to the Thomas Watson Sr and Jr.