The Age of Discontinuity: Guidelines to Our Changing Society

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Transaction Publishers, Dec 31, 2011 - Social Science - 420 pages
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The closing decades of the twentieth century have been characterized as a period of disruption and discontinuity in which the structure and meaning of economy, polity, and society have been radically altered. In this volume Peter Drucker focuses with great clarity and perception on the forces of change that are transforming the economic landscape and creating tomorrow's society. Drucker discerns four major areas of discontinuity underlying contemporary social and cultural reality. These are: (1) the explosion of new technologies resulting in major new industries; (2) the change from an international to a world economy—an economy that presently lacks policy, theory, and institutions; (3) a new sociopolitical reality of pluralistic institutions that poses drastic political, philosophical, and spritual challenges; and (4) the new universe of knowledge based on mass education and its implications in work, leisure, and leadership. Peter Drucker brings to this work an intimate knowledge and objective view of the particular and general. The Age of Discontinuity is a fascinating and important blueprint for shaping a future already very much with us.
 

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Contents

The New Industries and Their Dynamics
11
The New Entrepreneur
42
The New Economic Policies
58
The Global Shopping Center
77
Making the Poor Productive
102
Beyond the New Economics
137
The New Pluralism
171
Toward a Theory of Organizations
188
The Knowledge Economy
263
Work and Worker in the Knowledge Society
287
Has Success Spoiled the Schools?
311
The New Learning and the New Teaching
334
The Politics of Knowledge
349
Does Knowledge Have a Future?
372
Conclusion
381
Index
384

The Sickness of Government
212
How Can the Individual Survive?
243

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Page xxx - Knowledge, during the last few decades, has become the central capital, the cost center, and the crucial resource of the economy
Page xxix - But imperceptibly there has emerged a world economy in which common information generates the same economic appetites, aspirations, and demands — cutting across national boundaries and languages and largely disregarding political ideologies as well.

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Peter F. Drucker (1909-2005) is known by many as the father of modern management. He was Clarke Professor of Social Science and Management at Claremont Graduate School in California and was a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He is the author of over thirty-five books, including The Ecological Vision, The Concept of the Corporation, and A Functioning Society.

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