The Definitive Drucker: The Final Word from the Father of Modern Management / Edition 1

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“An invaluable contribution, reminding us that Drucker's work is as pertinent in the 21st century as it was in the 20th.”-John. W. Bachmann, Senior Partner, Edward Jones

“As close as you can get to the wisdom of Drucker and how his stunning intelligence can be applied to every modern organization.”-Warren Bennis, Distinguished Professor of Management, USC, author of On Becoming a Leader, and Peter's friend

“A lively and readable narrative that illuminates Peter's enduring clarity, optimism, and humanity — and leaves us with the inescapable conclusion that the father of modern management is more relevant and needed today than ever before.”-Ira A. Jackson, Dean, The Drucker School of Management, Claremont Graduate University

“Refreshes and updates Drucker's wisdom through the lens of Edersheim's contemporary experience as a consultant. The combination is both exciting and provocative.”-Richard Jenrette, cofounder, Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, Inc.

“Captures not only the essence of Drucker's 39 books and seven decades of discovery and insight, but also the essence of Peter Drucker the man — the wise, funny, insightful, humble teacher who helped us see what he always described as “visible, but not yet seen.”-A.G. Lafley, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive, The Procter & Gamble Company

“A most impressive book full of practical advice. We are most grateful to Elizabeth Edersheim.”-Atsuo Ueda, author of “Introduction to Peter F. Drucker” (in Japanese), representative of Drucker Workshop (Japan), and Emeritus Professor of Institute of Technologists

“A new and timely perspective on Peter Drucker's philosophy and its powerful relevance to all leaders of the future.”-Frances Hesselbein, Chairman, Leader to Leader Institute

“A must read for those who lead or aspire to lead organizations of any sort.”-William H Donaldson, 27th Chairman Securities and Exchange Commission, cofounder, Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, Inc.

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Editorial Reviews

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For 16 months, Elizabeth Edersheim lived every business manager's dream: She worked directly with management icon Peter Drucker, writing about his lifework and his latest insights. During that period, she also interviewed world-class executives, including Jack Welch, A. G. Lafley, John Bachmann, and Bill Donaldson about Drucker's influence on them. The resultant book, rightly titled The Definitive Drucker, elucidates the master's most influential concepts, explaining how they shape organizational strategies and business trends today. Edersheim draws heavily on interviews with Drucker himself, supplemented by her own commentary and insights from industry moguls about these timeless principles. A surefire business classic from Day One.
The Wall Street Journal
"Illuminating... Ms. Edersheim allows a bright light to shine out, even now, from the mind of Peter Drucker."
The Wall Street Journal

"Illuminating... Ms. Edersheim allows a bright light to shine out, even now, from the mind of Peter Drucker."

Publishers Weekly
In a concise introduction to the philosophy of the 20th century's most distinguished business theoretician, Edersheim explores the insights that have shaped management thinking from the 1940s through the 1990s. Drucker himself chose Edersheim to interview him, based on her previous book (McKinsey's Marvin Bower, about the man who built the global consulting firm McKinsey & Company), but he had in mind a biography of his ideas, not a traditional bio. Edersheim blends brief summaries of Drucker's thinking on various management topics (innovation, customers, leadership, decision making) with examples of how his ideas have been practiced at specific organizations and comments from contemporary business leaders. She doesn't try to trace the development of Drucker's ideas over time; instead, she focuses on the challenges managers face today and tries to cull useful advice for tackling them from Drucker's writings. Those seeking a broad intellectual and social context for Drucker's work might prefer Jack Beatty's 1998 The World According to Peter Drucker, while aspiring managers should turn instead to one of Drucker's own books, whose intellectual rigor and lively prose make them immensely readable to this day. (Feb.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Often called the father of modern management, Peter F. Drucker (1909-2005) is a name that carries weight in the business world. Strategic consultant Edersheim here applies Drucker's body of work, clarified by extensive interviews with the man himself and many of the top executives whom he influenced (e.g., Jack Welch), to 21st-century business. She takes "Druckerian" questions and quotations and conducts her own analysis, often pulling current examples from her own client base. Despite extensive citations, sorting out the authorial voice can be a bit difficult, particularly when Edersheim uses her interviews with Drucker as validation of her own insights. But her questions are logical, and her conclusions are sound. The end result is a clear and readable update to Drucker's business philosophies. Recommended for most libraries.-Brian Walton, Rolling Meadows Lib., IL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071472333
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/14/2006
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 476,942
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Haas Edersheim is a strategic consultant who works both with Fortune 500 companies and private equity investors. Prior to founding her own firm, New York Consulting Partners, Edersheim was one of the first female partners at McKinsey & Company. Her previous book, McKinsey's Marvin Bower, illustrates the business life and ideals of the founder of McKinsey, her mentor, who was also a close friend and peer of Dr. Drucker. Aside from her numerous publications, Dr. Haas Edersheim has provided expert testimony to the U. S. Congress on Industrial Networking and Industrial Manufacturing policy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2007

    Condensed wisdom from Peter Drucker

    Peter Drucker is called the 'father of modern management' for good reason, according to this accessible volume of his business lessons by management consultant Elizabeth Haas Edersheim. She demonstrates that Drucker's theories were the perfect combination of calculated common sense, and genuine concern for the human side of consumers and employees. His teachings struck the right balance between big-picture dreaming and detail-oriented drudgery. This study strikes a similar balance. Edersheim offers details of Drucker's personal life that make his sweeping rules of management all the more compelling. She deftly applies Drucker's business lessons to today's ever-shifting landscape of globalization and fragmentation. We recommend her book to marketers and managers who want to learn from the best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2007


    Although corporate business has never interested me, I cannot put this book down. The writing is captivating.Her clear examples show precisely where businesses soared and faltered because specific questions were addressed or not addressed. I'm haunted by Drucker's questions. Am asking myself some of these questions -specifically, what do the people I serve need and want? This pushes me to look at my personal relationships as well. This book has awakened me and I'm eager to read the next 100 pages. The world was waiting for this book to be written and I'm grateful it jumped off the shelf & found me.

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