Richard S. Tedlow
MBA Class of 1949 Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus
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.
Professor Tedlow received his B.A. from Yale in 1969 and his M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Columbia in 1971 and 1976 respectively. He came to the Harvard Business School on a fellowship in 1978 and joined the faculty in 1979. From 1979 through 1982, he taught First Year Marketing. His involvement in marketing has continued, and he has been a member of the faculty of the "Strategic Retail Management Seminar," the "Top Management Seminar for Retailers and Suppliers," "Managing Brand Meaning," and the "Strategic Marketing Management" executive education programs. From 1978 to the present, he has been involved in the School's Business History program. In 1992 and 1993, he taught a course entitled "Business, Government, and the International Economy." He has also taught in numerous executive programs at the Harvard Business School as well as at corporations, including programs in marketing strategy and general management. His book -- Giants of Enterprise: Seven Business Innovators and the Empires They Built (HarperBusiness, 2001) -- was selected by Business Week as one of the top ten business books of 2001.
Prof. Tedlow’s book, Andy Grove: The Life and Times of an American, was published by Portfolio, an imprint of Penguin Group USA, in November 2006. It was selected by Business Week as one of the top ten business books of 2006.
Prof. Tedlow's most recent book, Denial: Why Business Leaders Fail to Look Facts in the Face, was published by Portfolio in March, 2010. It was selected by strategy+business as one of the best business books of 2010.
strategy+business "2010 Best Business Books," Winter 2010
Publishers Weekly -- starred review, April 19, 2010
Andrea Sachs, Time Magazine "Business Books," March 8, 2010
Hardy Green, Books@DailyFinance, "Facing Up to the Awful Truth," March 27, 2010
Gaebler.com, "Business Books Worth Reading," March 2, 2010
Loyd E. Eskildson, "5 Star Review: Tedlow's Denial," Basil & Spice, April 14, 2010
Bob Morris, First Friday Book Synopsis, March 4, 2010
Roberta Rood, Books to the Ceiling, March 15, 2010
Advance Praise for DENIAL:
"This lucid and scary history of our proclivity to deny uncomfortable truth is Richard Tedlow at his analytical best. But plan ahead before you pick it up. It is very hard to put down."
-CLAYTON M. CHRISTENSEN, Author of The Innovator's Dilemma
"Richard Tedlow blends historical rigor with practical insights useful to today's leaders-a rare and wonderful combination. His huge lesson-that the seeds of tragic demise are almost always visible, if only leaders would face them square-on-should terrify any successful person."
-JIM COLLINS, author Good to Great and How the Mighty Fall
"In this absorbing study, Tedlow makes the case that the willingness to face harsh facts is what distinguishes great leaders from merely adequate ones. A must-read."
-SHERYL SANDBERG, COO of Facebook
"Tedlow's book is a fascinating look at the phenomenon of denial. It's a great explanation of why smart leaders act dumb, and what you can do about it."
-SCOTT ADAMS, creator of Dilbert
"Tedlow's book forces the business executive to ask: ‘Is this about me?' If the answer is yes, you've got a problem. The stories presented here can help you work your way out of it."
-SUZY WELCH, author of 10-10-10