Managing in a Time of Great Change


'It is not so very difficult to predict the future. It is only pointless...what is always far more important are fundamental changes that happened though no one predicted them or could possible have predicted them.' (quote taken from this book)
It is these unpredictable and irreversible changes from the past, and their effect on the role of the executive which Peter Drucker examines in his latest book.

The management of change is a subject which has been, undoubtedly, the ...

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'It is not so very difficult to predict the future. It is only pointless...what is always far more important are fundamental changes that happened though no one predicted them or could possible have predicted them.' (quote taken from this book)
It is these unpredictable and irreversible changes from the past, and their effect on the role of the executive which Peter Drucker examines in his latest book.

The management of change is a subject which has been, undoubtedly, the principal preoccupation of management thinkers in the 1990s. Peter Drucker, the guru's guru, brings together a group of his own original essays and interviews on this vitally important topic. As ever, he provides invaluable food for thought for all executives and students of business and management.

A collection of original essays and interviews Written by one of the world's leading management gurus Bestseller in hardback

A new, exciting, wide-ranging guide for navigating the rapids-strewn course that will take the American economy into the 21st century, Managing in a Time of Great Change covers such issues as the U.S. economy's profound and rapid power shift, competition in the global economy, and ways to develop new international markets.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Bestselling management guru Drucker's latest offering is a grab bag of articles published since 1991, though he states that every piece was written with this book in mind. Extending the insights of his Post-Capitalist Society (1993), he stresses that information has emerged as the executive's key resource and a company's bedrock; as a consequence, he recommends that teams replace traditional boss-subordinate relationships. With his trademark cogency and clarity, Drucker offers invaluable practical insights for managers at all levels. One piece enumerates the ``five deadly business sins''; another argues that every company operates according to its own theory of business-a set of assumptions about its environment, mission and core competencies-that needs to be made explicit and monitored. Drucker probes the impact of the information revolution on retailing, sets forth guidelines for family-controlled businesses and urges policy changes to assist nonprofit organizations. He calls upon the federal government to institute periodic performance critiques of every federal agency and program. He is at his provocative best in arguing that we can revive our national economy only by forging an aggressive global economic policy that jettisons protectionism and gives international trade priority over domestic problems. (Nov.)
Library Journal
The worldview of management guru Drucker is carefully thought out and simply composed, which makes his works easy to digest. Similar to his Managing for the Future (LJ 1/92), this book is a collection of essays and articles previously published in well-known periodicals since 1991. Drucker selected pieces that received positive responses and made them into chapters arranged by four topics: management, information-based organization, the economy, and society. In some instances, a few essays were lengthened, and the epilog was written strictly for the book. Executives and longtime Drucker aficionados will particularly enjoy having these well-regarded essays in one package. Highly recommended for all business collections. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 7/95.]-Rebecca A. Smith, Harvard Business Sch. Lib.
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This examination of current market trends and practices places business activity in the broader context of government, society, technology, and the world economy. "Peter Drucker is the most enduring management thinker of our time."-- Business Week.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750637145
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Publication date: 4/8/1997
  • Pages: 332
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet 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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Table of Contents

Interview: The Post-Capitalist Executive 1
1 The Theory of the Business 21
2 Planning for Uncertainty 39
3 The Five Deadly Business Sins 45
4 Managing the Family Business 51
5 Six Rules for Presidents 59
6 Managing in the Network Society 65
7 The New Society of Organizations 75
8 There's Three Kinds of Teams 97
9 The Information Revolution in Retail 103
10 Be Data Literate; Know What to Know 109
11 We Need to Measure, Not Count 115
12 The Information Executives Need Today 121
13 Trade Lessons from the World Economy 143
14 The U.S. Economy's Power Shift 165
15 Where the New Markets Are 171
16 The Pacific Rim and the World Economy 177
17 China's Growth Markets 181
18 The End of Japan, Inc.? 187
19 A Weak Dollar Strengthens Japan 197
20 The New Superpower: The Overseas Chinese 203
21 A Century of Social Transformation 213
22 It Profits Us to Strengthen Nonprofits 273
23 Knowledge Work and Gender Roles 279
24 Reinventing Government 285
25 Can the Democracies Win the Peace? 307
Interview: Managing in a Post-Capitalist Society 341
Acknowledgments 353
Index 357
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