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    Product Description-The Essential Drucker: The Best of Sixty
     Years of Peter Drucker's Essential Writings on Management
    Father of modern management, social commentator, and preeminent business philosopher, Peter F. Drucker has been
analyzing economics and society for more than sixty years. Now for readers everywhere who are concerned with the ways that
  management practices and principles affect the performance of the organization, the individual, and society, there is The
Essential Drucker -- an invaluable compilation of management essentials from the works of a management legend. Containing
   twenty-six selections, The Essential Drucker covers the basic principles and concerns of management and its problems,
challenges, and opportunities, giving managers, executives, and professionals the tools to perform the tasks that the economy
                                         and society of tomorrow will demand of them.

Ever since his first book was published some six decades ago, Peter Drucker has been essential to everyone serious about the
     "management of an enterprise (and) the self-management of the individual, whether executive or professional, within an
 enterprise and altogether in our society of managed organizations." This distinguished 30-year Claremont University professor
      has continuously identified critical principles in management, economics, politics, and the world in general. And he has
  redirected our thinking about them through more than two dozen books, including an autobiography and a couple of works of
      fiction. Now, with The Essential Drucker, he has overseen the compilation of his most important fundamentals into one
    indispensable book. Reaching back as far as 1954 with his treatise "Management by Objectives and Self-Control" ("Each
manager, from the 'big boss' down to the production foreman or the chief clerk, needs clearly spelled-out objectives" that clarify
expected contributions "to the attainment of company goals in all areas of the business"), Drucker's now-established ideas take
     on a surprising new relevancy when remixed equally pioneering ideas from the 1960s, '70s, '80s, and '90s. Between the
thoughtful "Management as Social and Liberal Art" through the provocative "From Analysis to Perception--The New Worldview"
 (both originally published in 1988's The New Realities), this book revisits some of modern management's most inspired writing
and presents it in a way that should appeal to both newcomers and those needing a refresher course on Drucker's basic beliefs.
                                                           --Howard Rothman



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271 of 278 people found the following review helpful

Summary of Peter Drucker's For-Profit Management Advice, August 12, 2001 By Donald Mitchell "Jesus Loves You!" (Thanks
for Providing My Reviews over 114,000 Helpful Votes Globally)
      This review is from: The Essential Drucker: In One Volume the Best of Sixty Years of Peter Drucker's Essential Writings
on Management (Hardcover) Before going further, let me note that this book is mislabeled. The excerpts in this book are from
only ten of Professor Drucker's more than 30 management books. Although there is some reference to nonprofit management
(where he spent half of his time), this volume does not encapsulate all of his ideas in that sphere. Many of his early ideas about
society are also missing.As great as his ideas about management are, his observations about how to think are even more
valuable. The book contains no material from his autobiography, Adventures of a Bystander. You cannot hope to fully
appreciate this material until you read that book. What the book does contain is a fairly easy to follow series of 26 excerpts from
the ten books, organized into three sections: Management, Individual, and Society. These books date back to 1954, so you get
an overview of part of his work over the last 47 years. This overview will mainly be valuable to managers who have read very
little Drucker,...



59 of 61 people found the following review helpful

An excellent compilation of Drucker's best works. A must read for every manager., December 27, 2005 By Avinash Sharma
MBA, Knowledge Worker (Toronto)
This review is from: The Essential Drucker: The Best of Sixty Years of Peter Drucker's Essential Writings on Management
(Paperback) The late Peter F. Drucker invented the discipline that we know as Management. This book is an excellent
compilation of his best works, written over six decades and published in journals, magazines and over 30 books.I am amazed at
the breadth and depth of this compilation. It includes several topics (categorized in sections for Management, The Individual and
Society). In the first few chapters Drucker defines management through its tasks and states that "there is only one valid
definition of business purpose: to create a customer" (page 20). In the other chapters you will learn Management by Objectives
(MBO), the process of making effective decisions, the importance of focusing on contributions and results, get introduced to the
"knowledge worker" (page 304), a term Drucker created in the 60s, and learn about the "post-capitalist society" with knowledge
as the central resource (page 288). This book has five chapters on Innovation & Entrepreneurship. And more.While there is...



41 of 43 people found the following review helpful

Compendium of 60 Yrs. of Managerial Research/Reflection, June 30, 2001 By rodboomboom (Dearborn, Michigan United
States)
     This review is from: The Essential Drucker: In One Volume the Best of Sixty Years of Peter Drucker's Essential Writings on
Management (Hardcover) There probably does not exist a major league manager who has not been influenced by Drucker. This
is a compilation of his books spanning his career thus far on the topic of management.Drucker is always tight in his style and
words with thoughts that at first make one sit up and take notice. The first chapter sets the tone for the rest. This quote says it
all: "Actually, waht is our business? is almost always a difficult question and the right answer is usually anything but obvious.
The answer to the question, What is our business? is the first responsibility of top management. That business purpose and
business mission are so rarely given adequate thought is perhaps the single most important cause of business frustration and
business failure."To his vast experience and knowledge, it is so refreshing to here him denounce profitability as a myth for the
purpose of any business. He calls it irrelevant. Of the highest relevancy for Drucker are two basic...

				
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