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  • Hardcover: 608 pages
  • Publisher: HarperBusiness; Revised edition (April 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061252662
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061252662
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.2 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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He was a man who persistently stayed ahead of his time. As begetter of the science of management he towered above the imitators he spawned. Guardian PETER DRUCKER was a doyen of management theory whose influence spanned eight decades. Times

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There are very few writers of whom one can say they invented an entire field of study: Peter F. Drucker is one. “Management” as a concept literally did not exist until Drucker’s groundbreaking work. From Jim Collins to Jack Welch, every great theorist and practitioner of management has walked in Drucker’s footsteps.

And in 1974, with MANAGEMENT, he published the book that would come to define the field. In this seminal work, Drucker explored how managers--in the for-profit and public service sectors alike--can perform effectively. Examining management cases with a global eye, Drucker laid out the essentials of performance, and of how a manager interacts with their organization and the social and cultural environment in which they operate. For three decades, managers and students of business worldwide have relied on Peter Drucker to prepare themselves to meet the challenges of an ever-changing business environment. The result is a book that--while still a fundamental work--has also slipped substantially behind the current business climate.

Now Joseph Maciariello, Professor of Management at Claremont University’s Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management and one of Drucker’s foremost students and protégés, has exhaustively revised and updated this book to meet the needs of the modern-day manager. Almost every page contains new and reworked material that reflects the thirty years of Drucker’s thinking and writing that postdated the original edition. Business examples that have now gone out of date have been reworked; commentary to explore and explain Drucker’s thinking and its applications has been added throughout. MANAGEMENT is ready at last to enter the twenty-first century and continue its reign as the must-read text for every serious student of the field.

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The book spans over all important topics.
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If you are exploring the idea of applying Complexity or Systems Theory to managing your organization, this book has no peer in its clarity and practical applicability.
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EVERY entrepreneur and EVERY small business owner should read this book.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Dan on January 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
While writing a presentation for my boss and needed some reference, I came upon the 1974 edition of this book in my library. I found myself unable to stop reading all the precious words of wisdom Drucker has had to offer. It was a moment of "Aha! Eureka!" for me where the concepts that I knew intuitively were being articulated into words, direct, clear and easy to understand. It reads very much like a person talking to you, and Drucker probably wrote this book using material from a collection of speeches he once delivered to people hungry for his advice.

When I finally decided to purchased the book, I bought the revised edition, but unfortunately, I felt it lost much of the initial "Eureka!" effect. Consider the following quotations from the book:

1974 edition (The Purpose of a Business):
"It is the customer who determines what a business is. It is the customer alone whose willingness to pay for a good or for a service converts economic resources into wealth, things into goods. What the business thinks it produces is not of first importance - especially not to the future of the business and to its success. The typical engineering definition of quality is something that is hard to do, is complicated, and costs a lot of money! But that isn't quality; it's incompetence. What the customer thinks he is buying, what he considers value, is decisive - it determines what a business is, what it produces, and whether it will prosper. And what the customer buys and considers value is never a product. It is always utility, that is what a product or service does for him. And what is value for the customer is, as we shall (in Chapter 7), anything but obvious."

Revised 2008 edition (The Purpose of a Business):
"It is the customer who determines what a business is.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ashok A on June 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The original Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices has been competently revised by Joseph Maciariello. The original book was written in 1973/74 and is still considered a classic. However, it has examples which date to 1960s IBM, Sears, Siemens, etc, - not making much sense to today's management readers. Also, Drucker was an extremely prolific writer (when asked which is his best book, he would say 'my next one') with a very fertile imagination. All the subsequent major ideas from Drucker find a place in this revised edition. In this book, there is a chapter (Introduction to the Revised Edition) which provides a nice integrated ('systems') view of the book. The book spans over all important topics. Some of the major headings include "Business Performance", "Productive Work and Achieving Worker", "Managerial Skills", "Innovation and Entrepreneurship", "Managerial Organization", and "New Demands on the Individual". One of my favorites is Chapter 47: Revitalizing Oneself - Seven Personal Experience - this is by itself was worth the money I paid for. Very reluctantly, I came around the view that this book is written more concisely than the original classic. Read it and become a better manager by integrating the recommended practices. If there is one book that distills the monumental wisdom of Drucker into one readable book - this is it. I recommend it very highly. It is an absolute must-read.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Luca Forni on July 29, 2008
Format: Kindle Edition
I'd always thought Management was about practice and good examples you had been lucky to receive during your career. At a certain point of my career though, evidences proved I was not confortable with that statement anymore. I felt Management had its principles, rules, laws, but I was missing the education to prove it and sustain it among coleagues, peers, and my reports. Drucker's "Management" filled that abysmal gap and gave me back the confidence that my "feelings" were not devoid of fundaments.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Marion E. Gold on September 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
EVERY entrepreneur and EVERY small business owner should read this book. If you read it "way back when..."--then read it again! If you've never read it, then order it today! Drucker's advice to go out and TALK to customers and non-customers is key, especially in our email-based and Internet communications era. And Drucker's advice to help others by volunteering for nonprofit agencies is critical to your business, as well as to our communities. Bottom line is if we want people to hire us, buy from us, or invest in our companies, they have to know who we are and why they should do business with us - and they have to respect us as members of the world as well as local communities.(The reviewer is author of two books: Personal Publicity Planner: A Guide to Marketing YOU and Top Cops: Profiles of Women in Command.)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Werner Nicdao on June 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I had the previous edition of this same book, which was Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices sometime ago before I gave it to someone else. This new edition appears to have taken out a lot of content from the previous one. Something I doubt Peter Drucker himself would have sanctioned had he been alive today. I would suggest purchasing the previous edition together with this new edition for a more balanced treatment. For those who tend to think this "revised" or "updated" edition is better, I can only say "caveat emptor".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By PO on April 20, 2012
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I was going to rate this a 5 star, until I read Dan's review, and I have to concur that the writing style can seem void of a strong voice, it can be bland or washed over. And from Dan I now know that it is the revisions from the original which watered this down.

That said, if some of the writing was diluted, the ideas are still very powerful, so I give Drucker high marks for his excellent thinking on one essential topic after another.

For anyone who has read some of my other book reviews, you'll know that I much prefer Drucker's interpretation of leadership than many others.

That said, Drucker offers fundamental, essential insight into:
- the purpose of business
- strategy
- any business that works with knowledge workers.
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