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The Practice of Management

The Practice of Management [Kindle Edition]

Peter Drucker
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'It is a tour de force, brilliantly conceived and admirably carried out. It is original, stimulating and full of wisdom. Every manager in British business should buy a copy. Boards of directors might well consider presenting one to every executive.'
The Times Review of Industry
'This is one of the best and certainly the most stimulating of books on management that had appeared for some years. Those who now manage ought to read it: those who try to teach management ought to buy it.'
The Times Educational Supplement

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This classic volume achieves a remarkable width of appeal without sacrificing scientific accuracy or depth of analysis. It is a valuable contribution to the study of business efficiency which should be read by anyone wanting information about the developments and place of management, and it is as relevant today as when it was first written.

This is a practical book, written out of many years of experience in working with managements of small, medium and large corporations. It aims to be a management guide, enabling readers to examine their own work and performance, to diagnose their weaknesses and to improve their own effectiveness as well as the results of the enterprise they are responsible for.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1794 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0750685042
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2nd Revised edition edition (26 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750685042
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750685047
  • ASIN: B008SA49WY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #173,687 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Old Woden 2 April 2009
I first read this book in the mid sixties when I was studying to become an Accountant. In spite of what some previous reviewers say it is still relevent today. Drucker's anecdotes are often fasinating and show him to be a practical man rather than an academic. The mentioned story of the Wash room door simple shows that Management decisions often have the opposite result to those intended. Drucker's point that all organisations have their broken washroom doors is as clear today to any working manager as it was when the book was written in the Fifties.
Drucker's comments on the result of Management by Cost Cutting is to have Senior Executives make their own tea.
I have also always liked his proposal that the Chief Executive role is too big for one man but is in fact a Team effort. As I write in the Spring of 2009 we can all see the result of the Managing Director being a Dictator in the demise of our Banks and therefore our Econpmy.
Drucker also put forward the idea that the work force can not be managed by Fear or by Financial rewards. His formula for success was involvement in the Enterprise and greater responsibility and room for self expression. Things that seem to have been disregarded in large organisations today.
Drucker in this book was the first to use the term Management by Objectives and to put forward the idea that before a problem can be solved the problem has to be defined and understood.
Another key idea of Drucker's was that Management should if nothing else have Integrety.
And what about his purpose of a Business being to create a customer. Many organisations would do well to remember this today particularly the ones who deal in customer exploitation.
All these things are most relevent today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Management Competence 8 May 2012
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Inspiring author for one who was not in management himself however his sensible breakdown of what is required of leaders and managers is relevant today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars practise of management 30 July 2013
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was doing a degree program with a management module easy to read.and very interesting to see how his management theories evolved
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good book 29 Sep 2011
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The book arrived in perfect condition and it has been very helpful in accompanying my learning during my university course.
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