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Ross Community Commemorates the Life and Legacy of C.K. Prahalad :: Video

9/21/2010 --

Loved ones gather to reflect on Prahalad's influence as mentor, collaborator, and visionary.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — On Sept. 11, the Ross community welcomed members of C.K. Prahaladís family to a celebration of the noted scholarís life and legacy. The service, held at the Ross School's Blau Auditorium, featured remarks by Prahalad's wife, Gayatri, as well as his children, Deepa and Murali. Colleagues and alumni, including professors M.S. Krishnan, Ted London, Venkat Ramaswamy, Gary Hamel, PhD '90, and Praveen Suthrum, MBA '04, among others, delivered presentations.

Prahalad joined the University of Michigan faculty in 1977 and was of the most beloved teachers and influential thinkers on campus. He 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. In 1993 Prahalad was named the Harvey C. Fruehauf Professor of Business Administration, and in 2005 he was awarded the University's highest honor when he was named a Distinguished University Professor. At the time of his death, Prahalad held the title of Paul and Ruth McCracken Distinguished University Professor of Corporate Strategy. In addition, the best-selling author and world-renowned strategy expert was twice ranked the world's most influential business thinker, most recently in October 2009, by the leadership consulting firm CrainerDearlove.

True to form, Prahalad dictated his final column for Harvard Business Review on April 8 from his hospital bed in San Diego, Calif. He passed away eight days later on April 16.

View webcast of the memorial service.

For more information, contact:
Bernie DeGroat, (734) 936-1015 or 647-1847,