Benjamin B. Tregoe, Ph.D., Our Founder

1927-2005


Benjamin B. Tregoe, Ph.D., co-founder of Kepner-Tregoe, Inc. served as chairman emeritus and chairman of the Tregoe Education Forum until his death in April 2005.

Kepner-Tregoe was founded in 1958 on the strength of Dr. Tregoe’s and Dr. Charles H. Kepner’s pioneering research in rational problem solving and decision making. The company is headquartered in Princeton, NJ and conducts business in over 50 countries and 20 languages.

Since its inception, Kepner-Tregoe has transferred its problem-solving, decision-making, and planning approaches to millions of managers. Dr. Tregoe and his colleague, John W. Zimmerman, also developed a process for strategic decision making that has helped many top management teams set and implement strategy. Today over 400 of the 1,000 largest companies worldwide use Kepner-Tregoe management methods.

Dr. Tregoe was a leading lecturer and has published extensively throughout the world. Over a million managers worldwide have read The Rational Manager (1965), his landmark book in the field of management methodology. His other books include: The New Rational Manager: An Updated Edition for a New World (1997); Top Management Strategy: What It Is and How to Make It Work (1980); Vision in Action: Putting a Winning Strategy to Work (1989); The Culture of Success: Building a Sustained Competitive Advantage by Living Your Corporate Beliefs (1997); and Analytic Processes for School Leaders (2001).

Dr. Tregoe held a bachelor of arts from Whittier College and a doctor of philosophy from Harvard University. In 1990, he received an honorary LL.D. from Whittier College where he served as a trustee. He was also on the board of directors of The J.M. Smucker Company, the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, the National Alliance of Business, and was chairman of the Advisory Committee to the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of Harvard University. In 1993, he established the non-profit Tregoe Education Forum to support public education reform. Dr. Tregoe is memorialized in the Human Resource Development Hall of Fame.