On the Profession of Managementby Peter Ferdinand Drucker
For nearly half a century Peter Drucker has inspired and educated managers-and influenced the nature of business-with his landmark articles in the Harvard Business Review. Here, gathered together and framed by a thoughtful introduction from the Review's editor Nan Stone, is a priceless collection of his most significant work. One of our leading thinkers on the practice and study of management, Drucker has sought out, identified, and examined the most important issues confronting managers, from corporate strategy to management style to social change. Through his unique lens, this volume gives us the rare opportunity to trace the evolution of the great shifts in our workplaces, and to understand more clearly the role of managers. Infused with a perspective that holds new relevance today, these essays represent Drucker at his best: direct, wise, and challenging. Peter Drucker on the Profession of Management, sure to be enjoyed, studied, and debated by everyone concerned with management, is a timely offering from one of the most respected and prolific authors to appear in the Harvard Business Review. A Harvard Business Review Book. "When it comes to dispensing advice, as in Peter Drucker on the Profession of Management, [Drucker] can be remarkably specific...some of the advice is also remarkably sound...But the chief joy of the book--a selection of Harvard Business Review articles from 1963-95--is the generalizations: particularly those which, in the Drucker manner, are fleshed out with curious detail."--Financial Times "This book should be an essential guide for managers, consultants, and business students."--Publishers Weekly
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Peter F. Drucker is known as the 'guru's guru'. The articles in this book explain the reason. Each article is a landmark in the field of management. In the preface Drucker shows why he has become so famous. He shows his strength of recognising trends and how these trends will affect business, people, and society. This preface is followed by a short introduction from the editor. The book consists of two Parts, The Manager's Responsibilities and The Executive's World, with each consisting of 6 Harvard Business Review-articles (out of 32 articles and growing). The book also includes an interesting preface, an introduction by Harvard Business Review-editor Nan Stone, and an interview with Peter Drucker. In Part I - The Manager's Responsibilities, the articles discuss the managerial responsibilities of the manager, although Drucker prefers the term 'executive'. The articles discuss general management such as the decision-making process, effective management, strategic management, and innovation. Part II - The Executive's World, Drucker discusses the history of management, the transformation from the traditional command-and-control model to knowledge-based organizations, information technology, and non-profit management. The book concludes with an interview with Peter Drucker, which is based on his 1995-book 'Post-Capitalist Society'. The book deserves the five-star rating since each article is fantastic. Perhaps some of them overlap, but it is amazing that some of the articles written in the 1960s are still very valid today. Drucker's writing style is simple US-English.