Richard S. Tedlow is the Class of 1949 Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus, at the Harvard Business School, where he has been 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 joined 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. 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 - was selected by Business Week as one of the top ten business books of 2001. In 2006, Professor Tedlow published Andy Grove: The Life and Times of an American. This book was selected by Business Week as one of the top ten business books of 2006.
Professor Tedlow’s most recent book is Denial: Why Business Leaders Fail to Look Facts in the Face – and What To Do About It. This book was selected by Strategy+Business as one of the best business books of 2010.