Essential Drucker (Classic Drucker Collection) Paperback – 24 May 2007
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"...required reading for management students and practitioners alike ... a highly readable single volume survey of concepts that would otherwise involve reading nearly 30 separate books ...this is an extremely useful and thought-provoking compendium. Read 'The Essential Drucker' and become an instant expert on this most durable of management writers."
"This is effectively a whole business library and refresher MBA course in one readable volume that wears its enormous wisdom lightly enough to make good holiday reading. It is stuffed with practical & inspirational advice, as useful to owner-managers of small businesses as to blue-chip board directors or administrators of non-profitmaking organisations"
Carol Kennedy, Director
About the Author
Born in Vienna in 1909, Peter F. Drucker was educated in Austria and England. From 1929 he was a newspaper correspondent abroad and an economist for an international bank in London. Since 1937 he has been in the United States, first as an economist for a group of British banks and insurance companies, and later as a management consultant to several of the country's largest companies, as well as leading companies abroad. Drucker has since had a distinguished career as a teacher, first as Professor of Politics and Philosophy at Bennington College, then for more than twenty years as Professor of Management at the Graduate Business School of New York University. Since 1971 he has been Clarke Professor of Social Science at Claremont Graduate School in California. In addition to his management books, Peter Drucker is also renowned for his prophetic books analysing politics, economics and society. These books span fifty years of modern history beginning with The End of Economic Man (1939) and including The Practice of Management; Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Managing in the Next Society; Management Challenges in the 21st Century; The Effective Executive and The Essential Drucker.
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"The Essential Drucker" it seemed, would be the right way to do my duty to history. Here I could quickly peruse a medley of the Drucker's outdated thoughts, and move on.
Oh how wrong I was.
Drucker's writing is as fresh and relevant today as when first written. His prescient insights foreshadow many recent works. Indeed, I found all of Tom Collins in the first few chapters; condensed and not said in quite the same way, of course, but the essential insights were the same. Drucker has reminded me that fundamental truths are timeless.
And there is something else I especially like; the tone. Drucker writes like a commander. He has confidence - not a blaring promotional edge - but a sense of solidity and authority that comes from saying things meaningful, clear, practical, logical; things from someone with his feet firmly on the ground.
Don't miss this book if you are not sure of where to start with Drucker. It may whet your appetite for more Drucker.
As great as his ideas about management are, his observations about how to think are even more valuable. The book contains no material from his autobiography, Adventures of a Bystander. You cannot hope to fully appreciate this material until you read that book.
What the book does contain is a fairly easy to follow series of 26 excerpts from the ten books, organized into three sections: Management, Individual, and Society. These books date back to 1954, so you get an overview of part of his work over the last 47 years. This overview will mainly be valuable to managers who have read very little Drucker, since there is essentially no new material in the book. The excerpts are also not connected by any transitions, so there is no additional perspective available from the book's organization.
Here are the sources of the chapters:
The New Realities, Chapters 1 and 26;
Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices, Chapters 2, 3, 5, and 18;
Managing for the Future, Chapters 4 and 19;
Management Challenges for the 21st Century, Chapters 6, 15, 21;
Managing in a Time of Great Change, Chapters 7 and 23;
Practice of Management, Chapter 8;
Frontiers of Management, Chapter 9;
Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Chapters 10-12, 20, and 24;
The Effective Executive, Chapters 13, 14, 16, and 17; and
Post-Capitalist Society, Chapters 22 and 25.Read more ›
Robertson proved to be less bright when it came to understanding what made corporations tick. In 1938, he used to invite a young American correspondent who worked for a group of British newspapers to join him for lunch in the Westinghouse executive dining room. One day over lunch, the correspondent told Robertson that he wanted to analyse corporate life from the inside, and sought permission to make a study of Westinghouse.
Robertson’s reaction was to order the security personnel to bar the correspondent from ever entering the building again. “Only a Bolshevik would want to know how a company functions,” he fumed.
A short while later, the “Bolshevik” was invited by General Motors to study corporate life from the inside. And it was while at GM that the “Bolshevik,” Peter Drucker, laid the groundwork for his pioneering work in modern management science. Drucker’s quest to understand what makes a company tick went on to spawn an entire industry – the biz book industry.
Drucker’s conclusions were so comprehensive that many business writers and business leaders still claim that no new idea has emerged in business books that did not originate with Peter Drucker. "Think of any management idea that is fashionable today and the chances are that Peter Drucker was writing about it before you were born." (Charles Handy). "It is frustratingly difficult to cite a significant modern management concept that was not first articulated, if not invented, by Drucker." (James O'Toole).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Turned out I didn't need to read it all to understand some of the key principles, I wonder if other people find that with business books?Published 11 months ago by bizzybee
If you have not read (and absorbed) Peter Drucker, you are at a grave disadvantage in today's business world. This book and The Effective Executive should be your starting point.Published 12 months ago by Bob
A great compilation of his material take from across his publishing career - really worth while introduction to his work that will guide you to more of his material relevant to... Read morePublished on 22 Jun. 2014 by D. I. Gray
I found this easy to read and accessible introduction into the insights of great thinker. Drucker's ideas about the moral purpose of companies and his insights into what management... Read morePublished on 5 May 2014 by J. H. Hillman
easy to read on you need for CLD working. It gives you hundreds of references for essays and is laid out I an easy to remember way
A terrific compendium of Peter Drucker's 'greatest hits'. You'll want to read other books after digesting this, and you'll have a clear idea of which other books to read. Read morePublished on 9 Nov. 2010 by No name needed
The first book I have read by Drucker and I have not been disappointed! An interesting and thought provoking piece of text addressing many modern day issues.Published on 16 Aug. 2010 by Scotty