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Drucker's Lost Art of Management: Peter Drucker's Timeless Vision for Building Effective Organizations Hardcover – 1 May 2011


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Joseph A. Maciariello was a colleague of Peter Drucker for 26 years and taught Drucker’s courses when Drucker reduced his teaching load. He coauthored The Daily Drucker and The Effective Executive in Action with Peter Drucker. He is the Director of Research and Academic Director at the Drucker Institute and Horton Professor of Management at The Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management.
Karen E. Linkletter, a historian, teaches American Studies at California State University at Fullerton. The first archivist at the Drucker Institute and a Drucker scholar in the liberal arts, she also has experience in the financial services industry. She holds a Ph.D. and M.B.A. from Claremont Graduate University.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The True Essence of Peter Drucker 14 April 2011
By Steve Amoia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"We do not know yet precisely how to link the liberal arts and management. We do not know yet what impact this linkage will have on either party---and marriages, even bad ones, always change both partners." Peter Drucker, "Teaching the Work of Management."

"For Drucker, the principal goal of management, then, is to protect individual freedom and opportunity." Joseph Maciariello and Karen Linkletter

Those two quotes capture the tone for a book dedicated to the enlightened vision and prolific writings of one man: Austrian-born, Peter Drucker. The co-authors are serious and passionate students of the Drucker style of management. This book examines his fundamental perspective of employee management as a liberal art. Professor Maciariello and Dr. Linkletter provide ample evidence to support his thesis and introduce the breadth of Mr. Drucker's voluminous work to the reader. They also delve deeply into Drucker the man to show how and by whom his extraordinary life was shaped.

Organized Format, Painstaking Research and Highly Readable

There are eight chapters, a lengthy introduction (21 pages) along with precise and very detailed notes, sources and index sections. This book is a long work at almost 400 pages. Given that the co-authors are respected academics and historians, I anticipated a somewhat tedious read. I was in for a pleasant surprise. The co-authors writing style was informative and engaging to complement the educational element to maintain the reader's interest. The book is clinical in its presentation and is almost a dissertation on Mr. Drucker himself.

My only complaints: A few chapters were over 50 pages in length and provided too much information (at least for me) to digest at once. Each chapter had a brief conclusion but there were no detailed summaries which could have been a useful feature to reinforce learning.

Real-life Examples

One salient feature was the number of contemporary company examples that were used to portray Mr. Drucker's vision in practice. For example, the British Petroleum (BP) oil spill, Toyota car recall, Goldman Sachs collapse and the Massey Coal tragedy. These links to current events provided a good complement to historical case studies of companies and leaders made by Mr. Drucker. My favorite example was the timely inclusion (2011 is the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War) about Abraham Lincoln found in Chapter Six.

Notable Quotes

"Drucker assumed the very essence of management to be integrity in leadership."

"Management must involve an understanding of the human condition and of human nature."

"Corporations once built to last like pyramids were more like tents."

"Management as a liberal art does not seek to eliminate interpersonal conflict; instead, it recognizes that conflict is an inherent part of the human condition."

"In hiring a worker, one always hires the whole man... Individuals are not naturally designed to work in organizations."

"The purpose of the business is to create customers."

Prescient Predictions

The co-authors noted a few of Mr. Drucker's predictions made many years before they became reality: The demise of the Soviet Union, the reorganization of General Motors, the rise of mega-churches and demographic pressures on the American Social Security system to name a few.

Whether you are an academic, executive, manager, researcher, student or an admirer of Peter Drucker, this book will become a trusted resource and reference tool.

Please Note

A McGraw-Hill representative provided me with a complimentary review copy of this book. I was not monetarily compensated for the review by any party that would benefit from a positive analysis.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The Art of Management Rediscovered 2 May 2011
By Bradley Bevers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The authors, both long-time followers of Peter Drucker, have written a book that does Drucker's work justice. The care and scholarship that went into this work are evident from the introduction on, and the vision the author's present is, as they say, timeless. While I don't agree with all of Drucker's conclusions, one has to admire how he sought to elevate management to a liberal art.

Chapter One starts off with a great quote from Drucker that explains the book's purpose:

"Management is thus what tradition used to call a liberal art-"liberal" because it deals with the fundamentals of knowledge, self-knowledge, wisdom, and leadership; "art" because it is practice and application. Managers draw on all the knowledges and insights of the humanities and the social sciences-on psychology and philosophy, on economics and history, on the physical sciences and ethics. But they have to focus this knowledge on effectiveness and results-on healing a sick patient, teaching a student, building a bridge, designing and selling a "user-friendly" software program"

According to Drucker, management goes way beyond the business world. Everyone practices management skills daily, and Drucker tried to elevate the moral, spiritual, and philosophical elements of management in every day life. His work is heavily influenced by his Christian background and his worldview is reflected in all of his works.

One of the most helpful part of this book was the discussion on leadership. "Effective leadership is assuming responsibility for getting the right things done" (246). This is the best chapter in the book and has some great advice for leaders.

This is a heavily researched, well-organized, well written work. I can't see many people reading it who aren't familiar with Drucker already, unless they have a specific interest in management as a liberal art. It's written for business people, but the lessons contained in the book are useful for many. Management of people as a force for good is an idea that is hard to reconcile in the modern business world, but this book points us towards principles and a leader who shows us the way. Recommended.
amazingly rich 18 Oct 2011
By sirdar - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
brilliantly written by the foremost authorities on drucker, this historically dense book should be required reading for all business students.
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The Source! 10 July 2011
By Tony J. Ridley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
It is apparent that many contemporary and popular management concepts have been derived from the works of Peter Drucker. Having read numerous management and executive leadership books, almost all have some taint of Drucker's original concepts and philosophy, even though it may not be directly credited.

While the book is overly verbose and unnecessarily academic in parts, there is a true wealth of information and alternate thinking throughout.

The principles of opportunity and observance of social ecologies is priceless and will help any senior executive or business owner to quickly "value" their current perceptions and definitive actions in order to determine if they are truly "effective".

This was my first direct Drucker engagement but this book has left me wanting more and I have already started to seek out many of the extremely valuable Drucker management and effective business management insights.

I thoroughly recommend Drucker's Lost Art of Management to all those in aspiring business owners, senior executives and current business leaders for an enlightening and highly informative reflection upon what is truly important in business.
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