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The Drucker Lectures: Essential Lessons on Management, Society and Economy [Kindle Edition]

Peter F. Drucker , Rick Wartzman
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Book Description

Previously unpublished talks from the Father of Modern Management

Throughout his professional life, Peter F. Drucker inspired millions of business leaders not only through his famous writings but also through his lectures and keynotes. These speeches contained some of his most valuable insights, but had never been published in book form—until now.

The Drucker Lectures features more than 30 talks from one of management's most important figures. Drawn from the Drucker Archives at the Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University, the lectures showcase Drucker's wisdom, wit, profundity, and prescience on such topics as:

  • Politics and economics of the environment
  • Knowledge workers and the Knowledge Society
  • Computer and information literacy
  • Managing nonprofit organizations
  • Globalization

During his life, Drucker well understood that over the last 150 years the world had become a society of large institutions—and that they would only become larger and more powerful. He contended that unless these institutions were effectively managed and ethically led, the good health of society as a whole would be in peril. His prediction is unfolding before our eyes.

The Drucker Lectures is a timely, instructive book proving that responsible behavior and good business can, in fact, exist hand in hand.



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About the Author

Rick Wartzman is executive director of the Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University. By advancing the teachings of the late Peter F. Drucker, the Institute seeks to stimulate effective management and ethical leadership across all sectors of society. Wartzman is also a columnist for BusinessWeek online. His most recent book, Obscene in the Extreme: The Burning and Banning of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, was picked as a Borders "Original Voices" selection and named by the Los Angeles Times as one of its 25 favorite nonfiction books of the year. It was also a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in history. Wartzman is the co-author, with Mark Arax, of the bestseller The King of California: J.G. Boswell and the Making of a Secret American Empire, which was selected as one of the 10 best books of 2003 by the San Francisco Chronicle and one of the 10 best nonfiction books of the year by the Los Angeles Times. It also won, among other honors, a California Book Award and the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing.


Product Details

  • File Size: 367 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0071700455
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (July 5, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003ZK5EQW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #431,516 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars management lessons September 28, 2010
Format:Hardcover
I read the book cover to cover and never put it down when possible.I read it at least four times and continue to read it.
The book is a must for anyone who is interested not only in business but our society.
Not only the sage's words (P Drucker) but the way the book is put together shows a great passion for his writings.
A Great Book, beautifully put together.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why Drucker said Deming is Obsolete now? April 22, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I learnt a lot from Drucker and read many of his books and continue to read them. However, this book has new thoughts, ideas and statements that are yet not public. For example, in a 2001 lecture he made a bold statement that Deming (the quality guru) is obsolete now. And he is true.

Check out this story on Sony from Forbes which explains why Drucker is right:

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Why did Sony's management go along with this? As mentioned, Akio Morita was an innovator and new market creator. But, Mr. Morita lived through WWII, and developed his business approach before Deming. Under Mr. Morita, Sony used the industrial knowledge Deming and his American peers offered to make Sony's products highly competitive against older technologies. The products led, with industrial-era tactics used to lower cost.

But after Mr. Morita Sony's other leaders were trained, like American-minted MBAs, to implement Industrial strategies. Their minds put products, and new markets, second. First was a commitment to volume and production - regardless of the products or the technology. The fundamental belief was that if Sony had enough volume, and cut costs low enough, Sony would eventually succeed. Without any innovation.

By 2005 Sony reached the pinnacle of this strategic approach by installing a non-Japanese to run the company. Sir Howard Stringer made his fame running Sony's American business, where he exemplified Industrial strategy by cutting 9,000 of 30,000 U.S. jobs (almost a full third.) To Mr. Stringer, strategy was not about innovation, technology, products or new markets
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For more gems like these get the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My boss swears by Drucker March 24, 2014
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My boss is a fan and is constantly utilizing all of Drucker's books for the staff and friends. We order frequently.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bought as gift January 6, 2013
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A friend requested these as a Christmas gift and a group of us got together and bought virtually all that he has written, even his older books are still relevant today. Shipped Fast, great condition, exactly as promised. give this seller an A+
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