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by Emerson W. Pugh

Download Building IBM: Shaping an Industry and Its Technology ePub
  • ISBN 0262161478
  • ISBN13 978-0262161473
  • Language English
  • Author Emerson W. Pugh
  • Publisher The MIT Press (March 16, 1995)
  • Pages 423
  • Formats lrf lit txt mbr
  • Category Business
  • Subcategory Biography and History
  • Size ePub 1326 kb
  • Size Fb2 1783 kb
  • Rating: 4.9
  • Votes: 452

No company of the twentieth century achieved greater success and engendered more admiration, respect, envy, fear, and hatred than IBM. Building IBM tells the story of that company—how it was formed, how it grew, and how it shaped and dominated the information processing industry. Emerson Pugh presents substantial new material about the company in the period before 1945 as well as a new interpretation of the postwar era. Granted unrestricted access to IBM's archival records and with no constraints on the way he chose to treat the information they contained, Pugh dispels many widely held myths about IBM and its leaders and provides new insights on the origins and development of the computer industry. Pugh begins the story with Herman Hollerith's invention of punched-card machines used for tabulating the U.S. Census of 1890, showing how Hollerith's inventions and the business he established provided the primary basis for IBM. He tells why Hollerith merged his company in 1911 with two other companies to create the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company, which changed its name in 1924 to International Business Machines. Thomas J. Watson, who was hired in 1914 to manage the merged companies, exhibited remarkable technological insight and leadership—in addition to his widely heralded salesmanship—to build Hollerith's business into a virtual monopoly of the rapidly growing punched-card equipment business. The fascinating inside story of the transfer of authority from the senior Watson to his older son, Thomas J. Watson Jr., and the company's rapid domination of the computer industry occupy the latter half of the book. In two final chapters, Pugh examines conditions and events of the 1970s and 1980s and identifies the underlying causes of the severe probems IBM experienced in the 1990s.

Pugh's book offers the most thoughtful appreciation of IBM's place in American business history. His analysis reveals the source of IBM's strength over the last 100 years and the shortcomings that brought the company difficulty in the last 10 years.

Pugh's book offers the most thoughtful appreciation of IBM's place in American business history. No other author has written about IBM's contributions to technology and business with such even-handedness. Building IBM will be a classic. Arthur L. Norberg, Professor of Computer Science, University of Minnesota).

He was a leader in magnetic and computer memory technologies and author of several books, including college-level physics textbooks and the history of IBM. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was President of IEEE in 1989.

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Building IBM tells the story of that company-how it was formed, how it grew, and how it shaped and dominated the information processing industry

Building IBM tells the story of that company-how it was formed, how it grew, and how it shaped and dominated the information processing industry. Established in 1962, the MIT Press is one of the largest and most distinguished university presses in the world and a leading publisher of books and journals at the intersection of science, technology, art, social science, and design.

Emerson Pugh presents substantial new material about the company in the period before 1945 as well as a new . Pugh begins the story with Herman Hollerith's invention of punched-card machines used for tabulating the . Census of 1890, showing how Hollerith's inventions and the business he established provided the primary basis for IBM. He tells why Hollerith merged his company in 1911 with two other companies to create the -Recording Company, which changed its name in 1924 to International Business Machines.

Building IBM tells the story. This text tells the history of IBM - how it was formed, how it grew and how it shaped and dominated the information processing industry. It presents material about the company in the period before 1945 as well as an interpretation of the post-war era.

Emerson Pugh presents substantial new material about the company in the period before 1945 as well as a new interpretation of. .Pugh's book offers the most thoughtful appreciation of IBM's place in American business history.

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Ceck
This is a superbly written and balanced book about IBM from its earliest days through the early 1990s. It covers the development of the company from the early punched card days through the System 360 and AS400. It provides an interesting and through discussion of the culture and the ability of the Watsons to guide the company through what was really a highly competitive market. It is a great discussion of IBM's organizations and some of the key people instrumental in its development as a well managed and profitable company.

What I found missing were the attempts to expand into other business ventures such as the early days of videotext, which morphed into the Internet. I also did not see any extensive discussion of the R&D areas. Also missing was a detailed discussion of the antitrust battles as well as the developments of the PC. Fundamentally it is a book about the IBM management and sales style.

This is well worth the read to understand how companies developed in the early and mid 20th century. Yet it is unlikely we will ever see companies having a company song again.
Ironrunner
Great paperback - purchased as a gift for a 35+ year IBM'er, who enjoyed reading it.
EXIBUZYW
Excellent book. Emerson has a wonderful writing style that includes a technology perspective that is easy to understand for the non-technical mind.

Cheers

Pete
Cobandis
I have read a few of Mr. Pugh's other books. I like his style. Interesting narrative style with just the right amount of technology thrown in.
spark
An excellent work on the history of IBM, very readable despite the wealth of detail. It covers not only technical developments but also management decisions as well as the interpersonal conflicts that pervade all large corporations. This book is not just a history of IBM proper but starts all the way back with the inventions of Herman Hollerith for the census bureau in the 1880s. The material is always presented within the particular political, business and competitive environment of the respective era.

My only criticism is the extremely poor quality of the photographs. This is a shame since so many pictures of IBM equipment and key personnel are included, but the grainy, low resolution, washed-out images obscure almost all of the details. (I have the paperback edition, so I can't say if this applies to the hardback edition also.)