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The Essential Drucker : In One Volume the Best of Sixty Years of Peter Drucker's Essential Writings on Management
Peter F. Drucker

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Format: Hardcover, 368pp.
ISBN: 9780066210872
Publisher: HarperBusiness
Pub. Date: June 2001

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In one volume a selection of the essential writings from Peter F. Drucker's sixty years of work on management.

The first selection of Drucker's management work from The Practice of Management (1954) to Management Challenges for the 21st Century (1999), this book offers, in Drucker's words, "a coherent and fairly comprehensive Introduction to management [and] gives an overview of my works on management and thus answers a question I have been asked again and again: which of my writings are essential?"

The Essential Drucker contains twenty-six selections on management in the organization, management and the individual, and management and society. It covers the basic principles and concerns of management and its problems, challenges, and opportunities, giving managers, executives, and professionals the tools to perform the tasks that the economy and society of tomorrow will demand of them.


More Drucker! While the prolific nonagenarian and acclaimed management philosopher continues to write--Management Challenges for the 21st Century (1999) is his most recent book--he and others have also been busy compiling and summarizing his most noteworthy work. Peter Drucker on the Profession of Management (1998) is a collection of 13 significant articles that have appeared in the Harvard Business Review. John Flaherty, in Peter Drucker: Shaping the Managerial Mind (1999), and Jack Beatty, in The World According to Peter Drucker (1998), both penned biographical portraits and bibliographic essays that are homages to Drucker and his thoughts. Now Drucker himself has picked 26 selections that consist of chapters excerpted from 10 of the 29 books he has written over the past 60 years. His goal is to offer a "coherent and fairly comprehensive Introduction to Management" and to help those interested in learning more about his ideas determine "which of his writings are [most] essential."
—David Rouse Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

Drucker identifies and explains the practices, decisions, and priorities for achieving business performance and executive effectiveness. The books cover "the three dimensions of the successful practice of management." Managing for Results was the first book to explain business strategy. Drucker shows how the existing business has to focus on opportunities rather than problems to be effective, for it is the opportunities that will bring growth and performance. Innovation and Entrepreneurship analyzes the challenges and opportunities of America's new entrepreneurial economy. It is a superbly practical book that explains what established businesses, public service institutions, and new ventures have to know, have to learn, and have to do to prepare and create the successful business of tomorrow. In The Effective Executive, Drucker discusses the five practices and habits that must be learned for executive effectiveness. Ranging widely through business and government, he demonstrates the distinctive skill of the executive and offers fresh insights into old and seemingly obvious situations. Together these three books have sold over a million copies; they have been published throughout the world and continue to sell actively. These are essential works for the executive and manager by "the dean of this country's business and management philosophers."
Wall Street Journal


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Peter F. Drucker was born in 1909 in Vienna and was educated there and in England. He received his doctorate in public and international law while working as a newspaper reporter in Frankfurt, Germany, and then worked as an economist for an international bank in London. In 1937 he came to the United States. Drucker's management books and analyses of economics and society are widely read and respected throughout the world and have been translated into more than twenty languages. He has also written a lively autobiography, two novels, and several volumes of essays. He has been a frequent contributor to various magazines and journals over the years and is an editorial columnist of the Wall Street Journal.

Drucker has had a distinguished career as a teacher, first as professor of politics and philosophy at Bennington College, then for more than twenty years as a professor of management at the Graduate Business School of New York University. Since 1971 he has been Clark Professor of Social Science at Claremont Graduate School in California.

For more than forty years, Drucker has been adviser and consultant on basic policies and long-range trends to businesses, public and private institutions, and government agencies in the United States and abroad. He has received over a dozen honorary doctorates from universities in five countries.

Table of Contents
Introduction: The Origin and Purpose of The Essential Drucker

I: Management
1: Management as Social Function and Liberal Art ..... 3
2: The Dimensions of Management..... 14
3: The Purpose and Objectives of a Business..... 18
4: What the Nonprofits Are Teaching Business ..... 39
5: Social Impacts and Social Problems..... 51
6: Management's New Paradigms..... 69
7: The Information Executives Need Today..... 95
8: Management by Objectives and Self-Control ..... 112
9: Picking People - The Basic Rules ..... 127
10: The Entrepreneurial Business ..... 136
11: The New Venture ..... 144
12: Entrepreneurial Strategies ..... 161

II: The Individual
13: Effectiveness Must Be Learned ..... 191
14: Focus on Contribution ..... 207
15: Know Your Strengths and Values ..... 217
16: Know Your Time ..... 225
17: Effective Decisions ..... 241
18: Functioning Communications ..... 261
19: Leadership as Work ..... 268
20: Principles of Innovation ..... 272
21: The Second Half of Your Life ..... 280
22: The Educated Person ..... 287

III: Society
23: A Century of Social Transformation - Emergence of Knowledge Society ..... 299
24: The Coming of Entrepreneurial Society ..... 321
25: Citizenship through the Social Sector ..... 329
26: From Analysis to Perception - The New Worldview ..... 337
Afterword: The Challenge Ahead ..... 347

Index ..... 351

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