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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Drucker continues to demonstrate why all discussion regarding the practice of management lead back to him.Published 6 months ago by William L. Mince
This book has not yet been read.It has been added to my Management Library and will be read or researched as time will permitPublished on November 30, 2012 by Mike
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
First feedback about this book was posted on April 4, 2000 and today is February 25, 2010. This book is still interesting, after 10 years, when lot many things, which were... Read morePublished on February 24, 2010 by Priyankur Saha
Excellent book that makes you think of everything in a different way. Obviouly written by - in my opinion- the top in management theories.Published on February 17, 2010 by M. Ragheb