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Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices Paperback – April 14, 1993
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"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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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.
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.
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:
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.Read more ›
peter drucker is just "the man" in management in my book.
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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In good condition. Haven't read it yet. Pretty thick book, but Drucker is a good one.Published 1 month ago by Jo Kamcy
If you use the amazon “look inside” function you will find the contents of the book. Each chapter headline is already meaningful in itself; in my mind each chapter carries... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Peter de Toma sen.
Classic, I used it during my MBA. Best single business text I ever had. I gave it to my wife who was starting a business. Read morePublished 3 months ago by R. Wayne Fritzsche
I have read several of Mr. Drucker's books and found them all insightful. I am a big proponent of management as a profession and this book provides the essential tools and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Walter Liu
As I study and apply my way through this wonderful book, I'm becoming a better and better manager of my business. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Theodore Kobernick
I had this book in school and it was my favorite, but I could not find it, so I bought it again, as a digital edition. Timeless classic. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Backbutton