Managing in a Time of Great Change

Managing in a Time of Great Change

by Peter Drucker
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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.

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.
David Rouse
Drucker is the foremost management thinker of our time and also a keen social observer and prolific writer. His "Post-Capitalist Society" (1993) deftly analyzes a future in which the workplace will be dominated by the "knowledge worker," a phrase Drucker coined 35 years ago. This most recent book is a collection of Drucker's writing that has appeared since 1991 in such periodicals as the" Atlantic Monthly", "Foreign Affairs", and "Harvard Business Review" all, says Drucker, with the intent of eventually being anthologized. Each article is noteworthy. "A Century of Social Transformation," "Really Reinventing Government," and "The End of Japan, Inc." are typically seminal, filled with Drucker's insights. In contrast to his forward-looking, startlingly accurate "New Realities" (1989), this book's 25 pieces and two interviews deal with "changes that have already irreversibly happened." Drucker offers them up as a challenge to executives who he hopes will take action to help "make the future."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781136007859
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/02/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
File size:
2 MB

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