In this volume Drucker has collected twelve essays on technology and management and their relationship to, and interaction with, human society. In these essays the reader is able to grasp and savour some of the essential ideas and philosophy that have been expanded into Drucker's various books. In this volume Drucker has collected twelve essays on technology and management and their relationship to, and interaction with, human society. In these essays the reader is able to grasp and savour some of the essential ideas and philosophy that have been expanded into Drucker's various books.
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Drucker has assembled twelve essays from his substantial backlog of conference papers and magazine articles of the past dozen years to convey the shape and substance of his thought on "how Man works." The tie that binds the pieces is a sustaining vision of the interrelationship of "material civilization" and "culture": man's tools and materials, his institutions and organizations, the way he works and makes his living are all part and parcel of man's personality, expressions of "his basic ideals, his dreams, his aspirations, and his values." The three longest essays discuss the manager and his function in this broad social context. Three other essays focus more narrowly upon management's basic approaches and techniques. The remaining pieces deal with technology over the centuries, its impact on man and the quality of life. Drucker's stance has been characterized as conservative optimism: he's a true believer in the free-enterprise system and its capacity for innovation, growth, and expansion. Profit motive and social conscience are an unbeatable combination; collectivism is only an undesirable necessity for underdeveloped nations with too little business talent to go around. Neatly argued, with points enumerated, expanded, illustrated, and tucked away, this is an accessible sampling of Drucker's insights on technological trends, their management, and their social implications. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Peter Ferdinand Drucker
Born in Vienna in 1909, Peter F. Drucker was educated in Austria and England. From 1929 he was a newspaper correspondent abroad and an economist for an international bank in London. Since 1937 he has been in the United States, first as an economist for a group of British banks and insurance companies, and later as a management consultant to several of the country's largest companies, as well as leading companies abroad. Drucker has since had a distinguished career as a teacher, first as Professor of Politics and Philosophy at Bennington College, then for more than twenty years as Professor of Management at the Graduate Business School of New York University. Since 1971 he has been Clarke Professor of Social Science at Claremont Graduate School in California. In addition to his management books, Peter Drucker is also renowned for his prophetic books analysing politics, economics and society. These books span fifty years of modern history beginning with The End of Economic Man (1939) and including The Practice of Management; Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Managing in the Next Society; Management Challenges in the 21st Century; The Effective Executive and The Essential Drucker.