Peter Drucker on the Profession of Management

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Harvard Business Press, 1998 - Business & Economics - 201 pages
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For nearly half a century Peter Drucker has inspired & educated managers-& influenced the nature of business-with his landmark articles in the Harvard Business Review. Here, gathered together & framed by a thoughtful introduction from the Review's editor Nan Stone, is a priceless collection of his most significant work. One of our leading thinkers on the practice & study of management, Drucker has sought out, identified, & examined the most important issues confronting managers, from corporate strategy to management style to social change. Through his unique lens, this volume gives us the rare opportunity to trace the evolution of the great shifts in our workplaces, & to understand more clearly the role of managers. Infused with a perspective that holds new relevance today, these essays represent Drucker at his best: direct, wise, & challenging. Peter Drucker on the Profession of Management, sure to be enjoyed, studied, & debated by everyone concerned with management, is a timely offering from one of the most respected & prolific authors to appear in the Harvard Business Review. A Harvard Business Review Book. "When it comes to dispensing advice, as in Peter Drucker on the Profession of Management, [Drucker] can be remarkably specific...some of the advice is also remarkably sound...But the chief joy of the book--a selection of Harvard Business Review articles from 1963-95--is the generalizations: particularly those which, in the Drucker manner, are fleshed out with curious detail."--Financial Times "This book should be an essential guide for managers, consultants, & business students."--Publishers Weekly "I thought I had read most of Drucker's writing & thinking...but his performance is greater than my memory. I have forgotten much of what he taught me, & it was sheer delight to be reminded again....The number of brilliant observers & writers of business in the 20th century can be counted on one hand--Georges Doriot, Theodore Levitt, John Whitney, Charles Handy, & Peter Drucker. Don't miss this chance to catch up with one of the best of all time

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User Review  - Justin - Goodreads

Provides a much broader range of thought on the rise of organizations in shaping a new world, and the increasingly important role of managing those organizations - I did not realize that management as we know it now scarcely existed prior to 1850. Read full review

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User Review  - Mark Fallon - Goodreads

A collection of articles that Drucker wrote over the years for the Harvard Business Review. Read full review

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The Theory of the Business
The Effective Decision
How to Make People Decisions
The Big Power of Little Ideas
The Discipline of Innovation
Managing for Business Effectiveness
The Executives World
The Information Executives Truly Need
The New Society of Organizations
What Business Can Learn from Nonprofits
The New Productivity Challenge
Management and the Worlds Work
An Interview with Peter F Drucker
About the Author

The Coming of the New Organization

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About the author (1998)

Peter F. Drucker has been Clarke Professor of Social Science and Management at Claremont Graduate School in California since 1971.

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