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Managing in the Next Society Paperback – September 1, 2003
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The book is actually a collection of articles that Drucker has published from 1996-2001. The basic theme is that it is not the "New Economy" that executives (and all leaders) should be trying to understand it's the "Next Society". The chapters generally touch upon the three major trends that he's identified as shaping the Next Society: the decline of the young population, the decline of manufacturing, and the emergence of the information revolution.Read more ›
Managing in the Next Society by Peter Drucker is the latest book by the author. The book is a collection of articles and interviews by Drucker in recent years. More specifically, chapters in this book have originally appeared in The Economist, Red Herring, Business 2.0., Inc. Magazine, New Perspectives, Foreign Affairs magazine, Viewpoint, Leaders to Leader, Atlantic Monthly, The Wall Street Journal and in the Harvard Business Review. So, while I wouldn't be surprised if Drucker fans have read one or two of these chapters via magazines I would be surprised if any reader has read most of the content before publication of this book.
The book is segmented into four different sections. They are: The Information Society, Business Opportunities, The Changing World Economy and The Next Society. Each section has approximately 60 - 80 pages of text and the book is easy to read, as most Drucker books are.
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What lies ahead, in terms of demographic, social, economic and business scenarios, during the next three decades makes fascinating reading. If you are in a hurry to find out what is in store, you may visit the last chapter directly. But the journey is more exciting than the destination. Please take the railroad powered by the steam engine and enjoy the lovely trip.
In his latest book, Peter F. Drucker, writer, lecturer, business philosopher, argues convincingly argues the greatest technological changes of the Information Revolution lie ahead and most of them will have little to do with information.
To illustrate, Drucker retreats to the dawn of the Industrial Revolution. James Watt improved the steam engine in 1776; it was not until 1785 when the engine was harnessed to an industrial operation - the spinning of cloth, that society appreciated its benefits. During the following half century, Drucker notes, output increased and the price of cotton textiles fell 90 per cent.
In short order the great majority of manufacturing processes were mechanized. Yet it was not until the 1820s with the adaptation of the steam engine to land based transportation - the railroad - that society witnessed its first new product. It was without precedent and it transformed the economy, society and politics of its day.
The Information Revolution is standing today at the same doorstep where the Industrial Revolution in 1820, Drucker believes.
Some of the chapters of the book, which are essays or articles that have been previously published, deal with management topics; some do not. Although none offers a cure-all, it remains a management book. The societal and social changes will dominate the executive's thinking for the next 10 to 15 years. His or her response, Drucker says, may be more important for the success or failure of their organizations than their response to any economic event.
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According to Peter Drucker all chapters in this book were written before September 2001.
Chapter 7 “Entrepreneurs and Innovation” was first published in 1996 and the... Read more
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. Read morePublished on January 6, 2013 by Michael J. Burton
Another must have book for folks that are managing or will be managing public organizations now and over the next decade!Published on December 15, 2012 by ekazanova
This is an insightful book as one always expects from Drucker, though it is by no means his best. I listened to the abridged audio version on CD so that is the edition of this... Read morePublished on April 11, 2009 by Roy Massie
Peter Drucker was the father of the post war business revolution.And his every books will stand the test of time as he shaped modern business practises from Watson to Ford to... Read morePublished on May 10, 2007 by T. Chandrasekhar
This book is an interesting collection of chapters, interviews and ideas by Drucker. There are a handful of good ideas, but as a whole, the book is disjointed and no clear point... Read morePublished on November 13, 2006 by Eric Wescot
In this book, Peter F. Drucker provided his assessment of social, economic, and organizational developments of the near future. Read morePublished on November 17, 2005 by Aleksandr Zhuk
What makes me think deeply from this book is the criticism Mr. Drucker writes about the first world modern states. Read morePublished on May 10, 2004 by emanriqu