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''Drucker now adds Innovation and Entrepreneurship to the remarkable series of books about management that he has been writing since 1939. Any book by Drucker is rewarding, and it is impossible to read the man without learning a lot.'' --Fortune

''Our most enduring commentator on the practice of management and the economic institutions of society.'' --Business Week

''On bookshelves crowded with books on management principles and practice and promising success and profit to their purchasers, this book stands head and shoulders above the rest.'' --Accountant's Magazine

''Thoughtful, concise, and useful.'' --Technology Review

''This work is unique . . . A thoughtful analysis of what the future holds . . . A clear statement of principles with many supporting examples. Essential for all business collections.'' --Library Journal --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

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Peter F. Drucker is considered the most influential management thinker ever. The author of more than twenty-five books, his ideas have had an enormous impact on shaping the modern corporation. Drucker passed away in 2005.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperBusiness; Reprint edition (May 9, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060851139
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060851132
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter F. Drucker (1909-2005) was considered the top management thinker of his time. He authored over 25 books, with his first, The End of Economic Man published in 1939. His ideas have had an enormous impact on shaping the modern corporation. One of his most famous disciples alive today is Jack Welch. He was a teacher, philosopher, reporter and consultant.

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I am very gratified to note that this wonderful book is still around & is being re-released as a new print. I read it when it was first published in the mid-80s. I remember that I had reread it during the early 90's when I had just started my own consultancy business.

I fully concur that this book is the first book to present innovation & entrepreneurship as a purposeful & systematic discipline. The book concists of three major parts:

- Part I: The Practice of Innovation;
- Part II: The Practice of Entrepreneurship;
- Part III: Entrepreneurial Strategies;

According to the author, entrepreneurial strategies are as important as purposeful innovation & entrepreneurial management. Together, they make up innovation & entrepreneurship.

What I like most about the book is the author's clear definition & concise elaboration of innovation as a disciplined business practice. He makes a very clear distinction: "Business, because of its purpose, has just two functions, & only two: MARKETING & INNOVATION. Marketing & Innovation make money. Everything else is a cost."

Best of all, he also provides some general guidelines for identifying innovative opportunities.

As a matter of fact, in Part I of the book, he describes the seven sources for innovative opportunities. Each of these seven sources are systematically covered in a specific chapter. For all entrepreneur-wannabes out there, understanding these 'innovative secrets of success' alone is worth the price of the entire book.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 19, 1998
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This is my pick for the best business book of the 20th century. I have read this book three times, have taken extensive notes on it, and still learn a great deal with each re-reading. Peter Drucker has written many excellent business books, but this one shines. Unlike other books with "entrepreneurship" and "innovation" in their titles, this book does not go through the mechanics of setting or running up a business, but instead focuses on the essence of good business planning and practice.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Dustin Bouch on November 13, 2006
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Innovation and Entrepreneurship is a good resource for categorizing and identifying sources of innovation. Drucker does an excellent job of organizing the key elements involved in innovation and there is a fair amount of real world examples that help the reader understand the concepts. However, most books on this topic usually leave me asking for more concrete examples of the execution of the topics laid out here, and this book is no exception. Innovation and Entrepreneurship is more about creating a framework for innovation that can be used to compartmentalize current practices and shed light on their origins. Drucker accurately points out that the least likely sources of innovation are from new knowledge and bright ideas. The insight into this alone, makes the book well worth reading. If you are looking for a way to categorize and identify the most effective sources of innovation in an effort to budget the research efforts in you corporation, I highly recommend this book. If you are an entrepreneur looking for new sources, you might me better off looking elsewhere, such as Clayton Christensen's The Innovator's Dilemma.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Anthony on November 17, 2002
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Drucker's thesis: "Systematic innovation consists in the purposeful and organized search for changes, and in the systematic analysis of the opportunities such changes might offer for economic or social innovation."
The book is divided into three sections: The practice of innovation (where to look to find indicators of opportunity for innovative change); The practice of entrepreneurship (managing so to foster innovation); and Entrepreneurial strategies (competitive strategies).
Drucker provides a detailed analysis of the sources of innovation and strategies for the implementation of innovation-based changes. He shows, with many real-world examples, how systematic innovation can be applied to business, government, politics, non-profit and service organizations.
The analysis is thorough, well structured and easy to understand. He finishes with an interesting discussion of why innovation is so necessary today, and gives some good examples of areas of society operating on dated assumptions and suggests some insightful innovations.
Even though the book was written some years ago, his methodology remains applicable. In terms of contribution to strategy development I rank Innovation and Entrepreneurship up there with Michael Porter's Competitive Strategy.
My only criticism of Drucker is his sometimes awkward writing style and his tendency to wordiness. However, I give the book full marks for being a well-researched and logically presented work.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Gregory McMahan VINE VOICE on August 30, 2000
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With the publication of this book, which goes all the way back to the mid-eighties, Drucker has set the standard for serious entrepreneurship. Drucker tells the reader that innovation and entrepreneurship go hand in hand, and that both innovation and entrepreneurship can be practiced by large and small companies.
Using a plethora of available case studies, Drucker shows how many companies large and small, known and unknown, have successfully implemented entrepreneurial practices. Drucker tells the reader how to go about implementing an entrepreneurial culture, and more importantly, what not to do when trying to develop such an outlook and culture in the organization.
Drucker identifies seven sources of innovation, and explains very clearly how to go about sowing the seeds of and nurturing an innovation. He then lays down the principles of entrepreneurship, and gives the reader some entrepreneurial strategies. Throughout the text, he gives both the pluses and the minuses of his ideas.
This book, first published in 1985, was way ahead of the curve. It literally predicted the profound effects of the IT revolution, coined the concept of lifelong learning, and identified the pivotal role of sound managerial practices in entrepreneurship and the new venture. Those of us who are active participants in the 'New Economy' should sit up and take notice of this book.
These days, it is very fashionable to call oneself an 'entrepreneur', but only Drucker has a clear concept of what an entrepreneur really is. Any person who wants to practice serious entrepreneurship, whether they work for a big company or are involved in a new venture, must read this book.
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