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'It is not so very difficult to predict the future. It is only pointless...what is always far more important are fundamental changes that happened though no one predicted them or could possible have predicted them.' (quote taken from Managing in a Time of Great Change) It is these unpredictable and irreversible changes from the past, and their effect on the role of the executive which Peter Drucker examines in his latest book. The management of change is a subject which has been, undoubtedly, the principal preoccupation of management thinkers in the 1990s. Peter Drucker, the guru's guru, brings together a group of his own original essays and interviews on this vitally important topic. As ever, he provides invaluable food for thought for all executives and students of business and management.
- Interview: The post-capitalist executive
- Management - The theory of the business
- Planning for uncertainty
- The five deadly business sins
- Managing the family business
- Six rules for presidents
- Managing in the network society
- The information-based organization - The new society of organizations
- There's three kinds of teams
- The information revolution in retail
- Be data literate: know what to know
- We need to measure, not count
- The information executives need today
- The economy - Trade lessons from the world economy
- The US economy's power shift
- Where the new markets are
- The Pacific Rim and the world economy
- China's growth markets
- The end of Japan, Inc?
- A weak dollar strengthens Japan
- The new superpower: the overseas Chinese
- The society - A century of social transformations
- It profits us to strengthen non-profits
- Knowledge work and gender roles
- Reinventing government
- Can the democracies win the peace?
- Interview: Managing in a post-capitalist society
Born in Vienna in 1909, Peter F. Drucker was educated in Austria and England. From 1929 he was a newspaper correspondent abroad and an economist for an international bank in London. Since 1937 he has been in the United States, first as an economist for a group of British banks and insurance companies, and later as a management consultant to several of the country's largest companies, as well as leading companies abroad. Drucker has since had a distinguished career as a teacher, first as Professor of Politics and Philosophy at Bennington College, then for more than twenty years as Professor of Management at the Graduate Business School of New York University. Since 1971 he has been Clarke Professor of Social Science at Claremont Graduate School in California. In addition to his management books, Peter Drucker is also renowned for his prophetic books analysing politics, economics and society. These books span fifty years of modern history beginning with The End of Economic Man (1939) and including The Practice of Management; Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Managing in the Next Society; Management Challenges in the 21st Century; The Effective Executive and The Essential Drucker.
"Drucker, the most enduring management thinker of our time"
- Business Week
"[...] it would be difficult to overestimate his contribution to management thinking"
- Financial Times
"Peter Drucker was the first analytical futurist and the first of the management philosophers. And for me he is still the best"
- Wall Street Journal
"This is a powerful book [...] it certainly challenges our thinking. And on finishing it, one is certainly in a different place from where one started."
- Marketing Business, September 1995
"The subject mix is eclectic, the arguments challenging and cogent and the prose simple and readable. No wonder he has dominated the field of management writing for so long."
- The Financial Times – Business Internat., December 1995
"This is essentially a book for the established and experienced, and so far ranging are Drucker's thoughts on the future, that there is something there for everyone from international statesman to proprietor of a family business."
- Modern Management, February 1996