Leadership Development at IBM
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Human Resource, Organization Behavior Case Studies
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Thomas J. Watson was appointed as its first CEO in 1914 and he held the title for nearly four decades. He saw the company's future in tabulators rather than scales and clocks. CTR adopted the name International Business Machines (IBM) in 1924. Its distinctive culture and product branding gave it the epithet 'Big Blue'. In 1956, Tom Watson Jr, succeeded his father as CEO and under his leadership, oversaw the digital computer age7 in IBM. He predicted the role computers would play in business, and gradually led IBM's transformation from makers of tabulating equipments / typewriters into a computer industry leader. In 1964, 'System/360' , the first large computers to use interchangeable software and peripheral equipment, were introduced. Over half-a-century of Watson family leadership came to an end in 1971 when Thomas J. Watson, Jr., stepped down and T. Vincent Learson took over as CEO for the next two years...
2] IBM's nanotechnology brought out new atomic- and molecular-scale structures for enhancing information technology and discovered their scientific foundations.