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Spotlight on author & international keynote speaker, Niall Ferguson a contender for The Thinkers 50 poll

27th July 2009

With just over three weeks left to vote in The Thinkers 50 survey, today the focus is on the historian and international economics speaker Niall Ferguson.

Since the success of Professor Niall Ferguson's bestselling book and the subsequent television series The Ascent of Money: A Finanacial History of the World, his reputation has been enhanced as one of the world's key business thinkers.  With his wit and analytical views, the celebrated historian of the global economy is in demand around the world as an international keynote speaker.

Niall Ferguson teaches at both Harvard University and Harvard Business School. He is Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University and William Zeigler Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. He is also a Senior Research Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford University, and a Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.

In a Times article recently, Professor Ferguson was asked 'What can business people learn from history?'

"Figuring out what went wrong with Enron or Lehman Brothers is as much an historical challenge as a legal or financial challenge, and the issues that are raised are absolutely central to what the study and discipline of history are about. I don’t think it really matters whether you’re looking at ancient Rome or Enron, your challenges are much the same. You have to deal with patchy, sometimes unreliable, written evidence and conflicting versions of events. So, you have to try to extract from, say, the available numbers, some sense of how business or government operated....."

Click here to read the full Times article on Niall Fergusson

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