Peter Drucker on the Profession of Management

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Harvard Business School 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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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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"It is time to give up thinking of jobs or career paths as we once did and think in terms of taking in assignments one after the other." Read full review

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About the author (1998)

Rick Wartzman is executive director of the Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University. By advancing the teachings of the late Peter F. Drucker, the Institute seeks to stimulate effective management and ethical leadership across all sectors of society. Wartzman is also a columnist for BusinessWeek online.

His most recent book, "Obscene in the Extreme: The Burning and Banning of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath", was published by PublicAffairs in September 2008. It was picked as a Borders "Original Voices" selection and named by the Los Angeles Times as one of its 25 favorite nonfiction books of the year. It was also a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in history. Wartzman is the co-author, with Mark Arax, of the best-seller "The King of California: J.G. Boswell and the Making of a Secret American Empire", which was selected as one of the 10 best books of 2003 by the San Francisco Chronicle and one of the 10 best nonfiction books of the year by the Los Angeles Times. It also won, among other honors, a California Book Award and the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing.

Before joining the Drucker Institute, Wartzman spent two decades as a newspaper reporter, editor and columnist. He began his career at "The Wall Street Journal", where he served in a variety of positions, including White House correspondent and founding editor of the paper's weekly California section. He joined the "Los Angeles Times" in 2002 as business editor and, in that role, helped shape "The Wal-Mart Effect," which won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting. Wartzman later became editor of the newspaper's Sunday magazine, West, which under his leadership was named by the Missouri School of Journalism as the best newspaper supplement in America. Until recently, Wartzman was an Irvine senior fellow at the New America Foundation, a nonpartisan public policy think tank.

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