The Future of Industrial Man / Edition 2

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Overview

The Future of Industrial Man is the only book by Peter Drucker in which he systematically develops a basic social theory. He presents the requirements for any society to be functioning and legitimate, and then applies these general concepts to the special case of the industrial society. In his new introduction, Drucker explains that his reference to mercantilism in The Future of Industrial Man can today be called neoconservatism, which, he asserts, denies rather than affirms the reality of industrial and postindustrial society.

Drucker outlines the major shifts of previous centuries. He describes the move from an agrarian to an industrial economy, illustrates the structure and dynamics of this new industrial order, and warns of the abuses inherent in the system if attempts are made to maintain it under anachronistic social conventions. He emphasizes the fact that the new industrial order must operate under a "legitimate" system of po­litical power supported by social authority. He discusses the particular roles of the owners, the workers, the managers—the corporation itself—as he pinpoints the problem that he considers the most central and the most critical: how to maintain the continuing freedom of the individual in an increasingly intricate, bureaucratized world.

Following the initial publication of this work, Jacques Barzun wrote in The New Republic, "Here is a book which is so perfectly planned and so transparently written as to read with almost indecent ease. . . . Each page is the fruit of much learning and long reflection. It should accordingly by studied, pondered over, ana­lyzed word by word." According to W. H. Chamberlain of The Atlantic Monthly, "[Drucker] possesses a fund of historical and economic knowledge." The Future of Industrial Man is a landmark study by a noted analyst of the modern corporation. It is of continuing importance to economists, industrial studies scholars, and profes­sionals in business.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560006237
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/1995
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 212
  • Sales rank: 1,239,151
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter F. Drucker (1909-2005) is known by many as the father of modern management. He was Clarke Professor of Social Science and Management at Claremont Graduate School in California and was a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He is the author of over thirty-five books, including The Ecological Vision, The Concept of the Corporation, and A Functioning Society.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Transaction Edition 9
I The War for the Industrial Society 13
II What Is a Functioning Society? 25
III The Mercantile Society of the Nineteenth Century 38
IV The Industrial Reality of the Twentieth Century 60
V The Challenge and the Failure of Hitlerism 97
VI Free Society and Free Government 109
VII From Rousseau to Hitler 137
VIII The Conservative Counter-Revolution of 1776 156
IX A Conservative Approach 189
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