The Drucker Difference: What the World's Greatest Management Thinker Means to Today's Business Leaders / Edition 1

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Why Drucker's Ideas Matter More Now than Ever

“This book is an excellent way to understand how Drucker’s ideas apply to today’s dilemmas, be they the problems faced by organizations, by governments, or by individuals.”
-from the Foreword, by Charles Handy

“This compilation of smart essays on the ‘Drucker difference’ illustrates how astonishingly wide the wings of
Drucker’s wisdom have spread. We all stand gratefully in his shadows, silent in awe.”

—Warren Bennis, Professor Emeritus, University of Southern California

“Peter Drucker is more than a ‘management writer.’ He literally created the foundation on which a Functioning
Society rests. In The Drucker Difference, Peter’s closest colleagues extend and amplify his tour de force body of ideas and ideals. It is the next step forward.”

—Bob Buford, Chairman, The Drucker Institute, and Founder, Leadership Network

“Much has been written by and about my friend and mentor, Peter Drucker. But this book is different. It is written by those who knew and understood him as friends and faculty colleagues and reflects his thoughts and principles as they are currently being taught to those who will be making a difference for tomorrow.”

—C. William Pollard, Chairman Emeritus, The ServiceMaster Company

“Hats off to the Drucker faculty members for putting the tacit knowledge they gained from working together with
Peter Drucker into explicit knowledge through the publication of this book.”

—Ikujiro Nonaka, Professor Emeritus, Hitotsubashi University, Japan, and
Xerox Distinguished Faculty Scholar, University of California at Berkeley

The Drucker Difference is a unique book that enables present and future executives to capitalize on
Peter Drucker’s wisdom and to comprehend that knowledge from an entirely new perspective.”

—Minglo Shao, Chairman, Bright China

About the Book:

Peter F. Drucker was one of the most influential business thinkers in history. Considered the father of modern management, he was concerned not only with the human side of management, but also with the larger societal roles played by both companies and the individuals within them.

If there has ever been a time when such thinkers are relevant, it is now.

The Drucker Difference casts new light on
Drucker’s business philosophy, analyzing his most important ideas in the context of today’s business world. Through individual contributions by professors from The Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management,
it combines expert insight and current scholarship to reveal how organizations and executives can interpret and apply
Drucker’s timeless ideas.

Today’s top business thinkers provide sixteen chapters analyzing Drucker’s views on the most critical issues of our time, including:

  • Government, business, and civil society
    (Ira Jackson)
  • The interplay of values and power within companies (Karen E. Linkletter and
    Joseph A. Maciariello)
  • Applying collaboration to “knowledge work”
    (Craig L. Pearce)
  • Drucker’s management vision (Richard Smith)
  • Economic environment, innovation, and industry dynamics (Hideki Yamawaki)

Each contributor explains a single, classic aspect of Drucker’s work, examines its implications in today’s business environment, and applies an up-to-date and contemporary interpretation of Drucker’s wisdom.

Covering everything from marketing and leadership to strategy and governance, The
Drucker Difference
is both a timely new assessment and a valuable addition to the canon of Drucker literature.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071638005
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/22/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Craig L. Pearce is Professor of

Management at The Drucker

School of Management. His research

on shared leadership has

been featured in The Wall Street

Journal. Pearce’s most recent

book is Shared Leadership, and his forthcoming

book is Share the Lead.

Joseph A. Maciariello is the

Horton Professor of Management

at The Drucker School of

Management. He coauthored

The Daily Drucker and The

Effective Executive in Action

with Peter F. Drucker and recently carried on

Drucker’s legacy by revising two existing

Drucker books: Management and Management


Hideki Yamawaki is Professor

of Management and Associate

Dean at The Drucker School

of Management. His most recent

book is Japanese Exports

and Foreign Direct Investment:

Imperfect Competition in International Markets.

The Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of

Management is located in Claremont, California. To learn more

about its mission and Peter F. Drucker’s work, please visit or

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Table of Contents

1. The Drucker Difference: Introduction
2. Leadership
3. Corporate Purpose
4. Marketing
5. Nonprofit/Social Sector Organizations
6. Shared Leadership
7. Labor Markets, HR & Personnel Economics. Pension Funds
8. Peter Drucker: The Humanist Economist
9. The Economic Environment
10. Strategy
11. Governance
12. Accounting
13. Government & Business
14. Self Management

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