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The Frontiers of Management: Where Tomorrow's Decisions Are Being Shaped Today

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Every decision executives make today shapes the future of their organization - as well as that of the communities and society in which the organization operates. How to make choices that lead to the best possible future for all stakeholders? Look beyond the immediate crisis of the day - to the long-term implications of your decisions and actions. In the thirty-five essays comprising The Frontiers of Management, classic management thinker and teacher Peter Drucker offers advice....
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Overview


Every decision executives make today shapes the future of their organization - as well as that of the communities and society in which the organization operates. How to make choices that lead to the best possible future for all stakeholders? Look beyond the immediate crisis of the day - to the long-term implications of your decisions and actions. In the thirty-five essays comprising The Frontiers of Management, classic management thinker and teacher Peter Drucker offers advice.

Each selection in this compelling collection is as fresh and relevant today as it was when written in the 1980s. With every essay, Drucker teaches by example- deftly demonstrating how to put current events in their larger historical context, how to pick the right people for a given task, how to think through an acquisition.

The book provides not only durable examples of a great thinker's writing but a set of ever more urgently needed lessons on how business leaders today can understand the context of their own daily decisions - and make the wisest possible choices for the future.

Timely and vivid, The Frontiers of Management remains a practical guidebook packed with enduring wisdom.

Audience: Management executives at all levels of responsibility; business and management students; Management historians.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
One of our most esteemed writers on economics and management here gathers 35 essays aimed at instructing America's industrial managers in the problemsand certainly the opportunitiesof our postindustrial society. Drucker may be difficult reading for the novice in this field, but his pieces, arranged in categories such as economics, people, management and the organization, make clear his thesis that today's economic-industrial frontiers are being manned by more-or-less faceless entrepreneurs who are emerging as managers of the big corporations that have gone through such crises as the 1973 oil crunch devised by OPEC and the ensuing inflationary storm, the virtual takeover of the car market by the Japanese, etc. American managers, he shows, have courted disaster by going for ``short term'' profits, whereas innovation is the ticket for the futureand for workers whose jobs are gone, the need for flexibility is urgent. Drucker shows keen insights into his themes, which range from high-tech innovations, automation, German/Japanese productivity, to the ``liberal art'' of management, the prophetic ``visions'' of IBM's Tom Watson, hostile takeovers and much more. Fortune Book Club and Executive Program main selectons; BOMC alternate. (October)
Library Journal
This is a collection of 35 previously published articles and essays, 25 of which have appeared on the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal. The common theme that Drucker uses to bring them together is that the kind of tomorrow we will have depends ``on the knowledge, insight, foresight, and competence of the decision makers of today.'' He divides his articles into four parts: Economics, People, Management, and The Organization. Each part presents Drucker's views on the direction we are or should be going to meet the challenges of the future. As with all of Drucker's books, there is likely to be high demand for this new title. Michael D. Kathman, St. John's Univ. Lib., Collegeville, Minn.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781422131572
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
  • Publication date: 7/15/2010
  • Series: Drucker Library
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Peter Drucker was a writer, teacher, and consultant. His thirty-four books--which include Concepts of the Corporation, The Effective Executive, and Managing in Turbulent Times--have been published in more than seventy languages. He founded the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management, and counseled thirteen governments, public services institutions, and major corporations. He received ten honorary doctorates from American, Belgian, English, Japanese, and Swiss universities.
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Table of Contents

Preface: the future is being shaped today; Interview: a talk with a wide-ranging mind; Economics; People; Management; The organization; Afterword: social innovation management's new dimension; Index.

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