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Tales from the Top

Simon Ramo


In the words of James Ellis, Dean, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California, The moment I chanced upon the short stories that Simon Ramo had composed for some lectures he was delivering on management, I knew they would provide the means I had been seeking for some time to improve the teaching of the human relations dimension of business management. New and attractive to me was Ramo’s creation and use of fictitious tales that are actually designed especially to emphasize and illuminate human relating fundamentals. By careful choice and synthesis of plots, characters, issues, and situations, these fascinating stories can be convincingly real life based. They can be constructed so as to present extremely pertinent and useful basics for a new business school course. I felt this so strongly that as Dean of the USC Marshall School of Business I decided to introduce them into the course that I teach. I have offered this course now for three years and plan to continue, because it has clearly been a success.

Publication Date09/2011 ISBN: 9781932800883 Number of Pages
Author Biography
Utah born Simon Ramo received a Ph.D. degree magna cum laude from the California Institute of Technology. A pioneer in electronics research and development, he was awarded the National Medal of Science by President Carter. Ramo has been a leader in developing technology for national defense, becoming the chief scientist and technical director of the U.S.’s largest defense program, the ICBM (Intercontinental Ballistic Missile). He received the U.S.’s highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, from President Reagan. Ramo has been a founder and principal executive of several successful hi-tech corporations, including TRW Inc (Thompson Ramo Wooldridge). As one of the nation s most successful hi-tech entrepreneurs, businesses he founded or co-founded were acquired later by General Electric, General Motors, Boeing, Honeywell, Raytheon, and Northrop Grumman. He was inducted into the Business Hall of Fame and received the Lifetime Achievement award of the Smithsonian Institution. Ramo’s texts in science, engineering, and management have been translated into numerous foreign languages and are utilized in universities throughout the world. Ramo’s text on electromagnetic fields and waves, a basic subject for students in physics and electrical engineering, became the standard text in universities everywhere. Published in eight languages including Russian and Japanese, it has sold over one million copies. His Extraordinary Tennis for the Ordinary Player holds the sales record for books on tennis. A year before the Soviet Union s launching of SPUT-NIK, Ramo founded Space Technology Laboratories Corporation, which became the first corporation to win a U.S. spacecraft contract. It produced the first spacecraft to visit the outer planets and the first to go beyond the Solar System into outer space. An accomplished violinist, he played duets with Jascha Heifetz.
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