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Drucker sees the period we're living in as one of "PROFOUND TRANSITION--and the changes are more radical perhaps than even those that ushered in the 'Second Industrial Revolution' of the middle of the 19th century, or the structural changes triggered by the Great Depression and the Second World War." In the midst of all this change, he contends, there are five social and political certainties that will shape business strategy in the not-too-distant future: the collapsing birthrate in the developed world; shifts in distribution of disposable income; a redefinition of corporate performance; global competitiveness; and the growing incongruence between economic and political reality. Drucker then looks at requirements for leadership ("One cannot manage change. One can only be ahead of it"), the characteristics of the "new information revolution" (one should focus on the meaning of information, not the technology that collects it), productivity of the knowledge worker (unlike manual workers, knowledge workers must be seen as capital assets, not costs), and finally the responsibilities that knowledge workers must assume in managing themselves and their careers.
Drucker's writing career spans eight decades and the years have only served to sharpen his insight and perspective in a way that makes most other management texts seem derivative. While Management Challenges for the 21st Century is no quick airplane read, it is a wise and thought-provoking book that will both challenge and inspire the diligent reader. This book is for people who care about their businesses and careers in the information age--CEOs, managers, and knowledge workers. Highly recommended. --Harry C. Edwards
I've been a fan of Peter Drucker for quite some time. His writing is clear and on point.Published 4 months ago by lindarabbit
Need I say something about Drucker ! This book is like heavenly nectar that you must enjoy and learn. Especially young students must read this before you start your life.Published 7 months ago by amehta
Drucker continues to demonstrate why all discussion regarding the practice of management lead back to him.Published 15 months ago by William L. Mince
I am not a management individual, I'm technical. I picked this book up from the company library several years ago, the audio edition to be precise, and I must have listened to... Read morePublished on December 17, 2010 by Victor Kohnke
Drucker raises a lot of interesting issues about changes in business and society. But I found this a frustrating book to read, because he makes lots of assertions but doesn't... Read morePublished on October 29, 2010 by James H. Britton