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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.

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (July 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071700455
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071700450
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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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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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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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 For example, in a 2001 lecture he made a bold statement that Deming (the quality guru) is obsolete now.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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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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