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"Essential." -- -- Library Journal

"He covers a great deal of ground. His style is crisp, often arresting.... A host of stories and case histories from Sears Roebuck, Marks & Spencer, IBM, Siemens, Mitsubishi, and other modern giants lend color and credibility to the points he makes.... Most wide-ranging and comprehensive." -- The Economist

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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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  • Paperback: 864 pages
  • Publisher: HarperBusiness; Reprint edition (April 14, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0887306152
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887306150
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,203 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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This is the book on how to make a business WORK! I am president of a small company and immediately took the ideas and practices out of this book and applied them to great success. This is not a quick read, and every item will not pertain to each individual person, but the observations presented explained a huge number of obstacles I was facing. If you are trying to manage any form of modern organization, buy this book and spend the time reading it. It made me a huge Drucker fan.
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I had originally rented this book from the library with an intention of zipping through it to obtain a general idea and feel for the concepts presented. I found myself constantly stopping to take notes and unable to finish the entire book during the loan period. After renewing twice and hardly making it a quarter of the way through I decided I would have to purchase the book.

As the General Manager of a small business with no formal training and little prior experience in managing a company this was the best investment I could have ever made. I'd recommend you take notes as you read in order to get the most of this book. Read it a second time a year after you finish it.
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Domain specific know-how is obviously essential to effective management. In this book, Peter Drucker discusses non-domain-specific know-how for management. Even though the book is long at 861 pages, it is NOT wordy and he makes every sentence count.

Insightful, practical, straight-forward and meaningful (to me) discussion topics included job design, organizational design, growing and selecting managers, improving organizational productivity, strategy, and managing innovation.
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A very practical book! I came across this in my first professional job after college in the Wall Street area in 1974. The officers in the Consulting Company, where I worked, used this pretty much as their Bible on running their business. We used to meet regularly as a staff and discuss Peter Drucker's ideas. Management wanted us to be versed in this stuff.

I personally latched onto his thinking. It made sense! It worked! I carried it with me to other companies on Wall Street as I grew into management positions, and later in the Management area of several computer manufacturer's Software Engineering Research and Design departments.

Drucker was famous for the whole concept of Management by Objectives (MBO). Besides being the "latest craze," it met with great success. It was a logical tool for businesses to plan their growth, future, operations and the management of their day-to-day business, departments, etc. This grew into what we know today as Strategic Planning.

This book still has tremendous value today. I have replaced my original hardcover copy twice. It has stood the test of time. I find that the most valuable chapter in this good-sized book has been Chapter 36, "The Spirit of Performance." That was a chapter which emphasized:
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To Make Common Men & Women Do Uncommon Things--The Test Is Performance, Not Good Feelings--Focus on Strength--Practices, Not Preachments--The Danger of Safe Mediocrity--What "Performance" Means--What to Do with the Non-performer--"Conscience" Decisions--Focus on Opportunity--"People" Decisions--The Control of an Organization--Integrity, the Touchstone.
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this book is just great. i find it a straightforward and no frills book. yet reading it makes business interesting and encouraging. a truly indispensable reference and guide to management, better than any textbook i have come across in terms of giving clarity to the big picture. for that i have huge respect and admiration for peter drucker.

peter drucker is just "the man" in management in my book.
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Wisdom and time saving, performance increasing words just leak from the pages. I wish every first time manager would read and really absorb the words from the pages. As I read the book I thankfully realized that I have been doing many of the things Drucker recommends but it did make me think how valuable it would be if you consciously knew to perform the way Drucker advises. I work in a "knowledge worker" environment and his advice is priceless. I really enjoyed the advice that Drucker dispenses in "how to manage your manager". Again, if you knew these pearls of wisdom early in your career, the sky is the limit for you. In summary, a must read !!!!
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Format: Kindle Edition
This book looks like it's going to make a nice doorstop. It's thick as someone's arm and written about a subject that most people-- including managers-- could seem to give a damn about. Management. What methods have been used, what is effective, and what is the social responsibility of a corporate entity.

Let's deal with that last one for a moment. Because this is the singular problem with this book. Drucker somehow makes the subject interesting, it is well researched, and there are many keen observations on psychology and society throughout, as well as the core subject. BUT, this book deals in a sort of pie-in-the-sky ideal of how corporations should be run. How managers should behave. And the reality, as the history of the US in the past 20 years has demonstrated, is anything but. He emphasizes the importance of profit not as a MOTIVE but as a MEANS. Do we see that anywhere in the boardrooms of major corporations, let alone the White House or floor of Congress? He emphasizes the importance of looking at the long view, and of maximizing the future of a company based on the reality of humans and human behavior, rather than trying to turn humans into robots. Do we see that in the sweat-shops in China pouring out our iPhones?

No. This makes this book a lot like watching the first four seasons of the West Wing: how we wish it would be, rather than how it is. But if you have the chance to change how management is approached, by all means read this book.
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