C. K. Prahalad – Guru on Strategy, Leadership and Competitiveness

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(August 8, 1941 – April 16, 2010)

I had began, recently, to write an article on leadership when I was informed of the passing of my dear friend Professor C. K. Prahalad of the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan on April 16, 2010 at the age of 69.  I decided that this topic would be far better expressed by this outstanding thinker and educator himself.  See clip after the jump.

My relationship with CK started way back in 1984 when I invited him to speak to the management team of the company I had founded five years earlier, JP Industries, Inc. He spoke and made a huge impact on all of us. He could think out of the “box’ and get you to consider new ways to move on with and realize that traditional methods and systems would not do well any further. His influence on strategy, competitiveness, and economic development via the business enterprise was world wide. His attention to poverty and his persuasion of business to deal with it as a profit making venture was outstanding!

He is a great loss of course to his family but also to the Ross School of Business, to India, and to managers throughout the world. He will be missed greatly by all that new him personally as well as by those that were touched by his writings.

My condolences to his family, and to all those that were fortunate to know CK

For additional clips of Prof. Prahalad addressing various topics on strategy, management, competitiveness, poverty, and so on: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=prahalad&aq=f

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