The Passing of C.K. Prahalad

19. April 2010

4/17/2010 — University of Michigan Home Page. What sad news! (hfk)

Ross professor and world-renowned corporate strategist died April 16.

C. K. Prahalad

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—C.K. Prahalad, the Paul and Ruth McCracken Distinguished University Professor of Strategy at the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business, passed away in San Diego on April 16 at the age of 68.

Prahalad was one of the most beloved teachers and influential thinkers at the University of Michigan. He also served as distinguished fellow at the University’s William Davidson Institute, where he played an important advisory role for the institute’s Base of the Pyramid research initiative. He was twice ranked as the world’s most influential business thinker, most recently in October 2009, by the “Thinkers 50” list of the top 50 management thought leaders in the world published by the leadership consulting firm CrainerDearlove. Read the rest of this entry »


The Responsible Manager

19. January 2010

by C.K. Prahalad (from his new column in the Harvard Business Review):

The global financial crisis of the past two years has triggered an unprecedented debate about managers’ roles. While discussions about managerial performance, CEO pay, and the role of boards have been fierce, scant attention has been paid to managers’ responsibilities.

For the past 33 years, I have ended all my MBA and executive education courses by sharing with participants my perspective on how they can become responsible managers. I acknowledge that they will be successful in terms of income, social status, and influence, but caution that managers must remember that they are the custodians of society’s most powerful institutions. They must therefore hold themselves to a higher standard. Managers must strive to achieve success with responsibility.

 My remarks are intended to serve as a spur for people to reexamine their values before they plunge into their daily work routines. Take a minute to study them:   

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Management-Theoretiker Prahalad “Wir brauchen einen neuen Gesellschaftsvertrag”

7. January 2010

Manfred Engeser 26.12.2009  

Management-Vordenker C. K. Prahalad fordert Nachhaltigkeit statt Profitdenken als Selbstzweck.

Management-Vordenker C.K. Prahalad fordert Nachhaltigkeit statt Profitdenken als Selbstzweck

WirtschaftsWoche: Mister Prahalad, das Krisenjahr 2009 ist überstanden. Welche Herausforderungen warten auf die Unternehmen 2010?

C.K. Prahalad: Sie müssen sich der zentralen Frage stellen: Welche Spuren hinterlässt ein Unternehmen mit seinem Handeln?

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