Periods of great social change reveal a tension between the need for continuity and the need for innovation. The twentieth century has witnessed both radical alteration and tenacious durability in social organization, politics, economics, and art. To comprehend these changes as history and as guideposts to the future, Peter F. Drucker has, over a lifetime, pursued a discipline that he terms social ecology. The writings brought together in The Ecological Vision define the discipline as a sustained inquiry into the man-made environment and an active effort at maintaining equilibrium between change and conservation.
The chapters in this volume range over a wide array of disciplines and subject matter. They are linked by a common concern with the interaction of the individual and society, and a common perspective that views economics, technology, politics, and art as dimensions of social experience and expressions of social value. Included here are profiles of such figures as Henry Ford, John C. Calhoun, Soren Kierkegaard, and Thomas Watson; analyses of the economics of Keynes and Schumpeter;and explorations of the social functions of business, management, information, and technology. Drucker's chapters on Japan examine the dynamics of cultural and economic change and afford striking comparisons with similar processes in the West.
In the concluding chapter, "Reflections of a Social Ecologist," Drucker traces the development of his discipline through such intellectual antecedents as Alexis de Tocqueville, Walter Bagehot, and Wilhelm von Humboldt. He illustrates the ecological vision, an active, practical, and moral approach to social questions. Peter Drucker summarizes a lifetime of work and exemplifies the communicative clarity that are requisites of all intellectual enterprises. His book will be of interest to economists, business people, foreign affairs specialists, and intellectual historians.
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About 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.
Table of Contents
Part 1: American Experiences
1. The American Genius is Political
2. Calhoun's Pluralism
3. Henry Ford: The Last Populist
4. IBM's Watson: Vision for Tomorrow
5. The Myth of American Uniformity
Part 2: Economics as a Social Dimension
6. The Economic Basis of American Politics
7. The Poverty of Economic Theory
8. The Delusion of Profits
9. Schumpeter and Keynes
10. Keynes: Economics as a Magical System
Part 3: The Social Function of Management
11. Management's Role
12. Management: The Problems of Success
13. Social Innovation: Management's New Dimension
Part 4: Business as a Social Institution
14. Can The Be "Business Ethics"
15. The New Productivity Challenge
16. The Emerging Theory of Manufacturing
17. The Hostile Takeover and its Discontents
Part 5: Work, Tools and Society
18. Work and Tools
19. Technology, Science and Culture
20. India and Apprpriate Technology
21. The First Technological Revolution
Part 6: The Information-Based Society
22. Information, Communications and Understanding
23. Information and the Riture of City
24. The Information-Based Organization
Part 7: Japan as Society and Civilization
25. A View of Japan Through Japanese Art
26. Japan: The Problems of Success
27. Behind Japan's Success
28. Misintepreting Japan and the Japanese
29. How Westernized are the Japanese?
Part 8: Why Society is not Enough
30. The Unfashionable Kierkegaard
Afterword: Reflections of a Social Ecologist