The Drucker Difference: What the World's Greatest Management Thinker Means to Today's Business Leaders

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-10-13
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

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Why Drucker's Ideas Matter More Now than Ever"This book is an excellent way to understand how Drucker's ideas apply to today's dilemmas, be they theproblems faced by organizations, by governments, or by individuals." -from the Foreword, by Charles Handy"This compilation of smart essays on the 'Drucker difference' illustrates how astonishingly wide the wings ofDrucker's wisdom have spread. We all stand gratefully in his shadows, silent in awe." Warren Bennis, Professor Emeritus, University of Southern California"Peter Drucker is more than a 'management writer.' He literally created the foundation on which a FunctioningSociety rests. InThe Drucker Difference, Peter's closest colleagues extend and amplify histour de forcebody ofideas and ideals. It is the next step forward." Bob Buford, Chairman, The Drucker Institute, and Founder, Leadership Network"Much has been written by and about my friend and mentor, Peter Drucker. But this book is different. It is writtenby those who knew and understood him as friends and faculty colleagues and reflects his thoughts andprinciples as they are currently being taught to those who will be making a difference for tomorrow." C. William Pollard, Chairman Emeritus, The ServiceMaster Company"Hats off to the Drucker faculty members for putting the tacit knowledge they gained from working together withPeter Drucker into explicit knowledge through the publication of this book." Ikujiro Nonaka, Professor Emeritus, Hitotsubashi University, Japan, andXerox Distinguished Faculty Scholar, University of California at Berkeley"The Drucker Differenceis a unique book that enables present and future executives to capitalize onPeter Drucker's wisdom and to comprehend that knowledge from an entirely new perspective." Minglo Shao, Chairman, Bright ChinaAbout the Book:Peter F. Drucker was one of the mostinfluential business thinkers in history. Consideredthe father of modern management, hewas concerned not only with the human sideof management, but also with the larger societalroles played by both companies and theindividuals within them.If there has ever been a timewhen such thinkers are relevant, it is now.The Drucker Differencecasts new light onDrucker's business philosophy, analyzing hismost important ideas in the context of today'sbusiness world. Through individual contributionsby professors from The Peter F. Druckerand Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management,it combines expert insight andcurrent scholarship to reveal how organizationsand executives can interpret and applyDrucker's timeless ideas.Today's top business thinkers provide sixteenchapters analyzing Drucker's views on themost critical issues of our time, including: Government, business, and civil society(Ira Jackson) The interplay of values and power withincompanies (Karen E. Linkletter andJoseph A. Maciariello) Applying collaboration to "knowledge work"(Craig L. Pearce) Drucker's management vision (Richard Smith) Economic environment, innovation, and industrydynamics (Hideki Yamawaki)Each contributor explains a single, classicaspect of Drucker's work, examines its implicationsin today's business environment, andapplies an up-to-date and contemporary interpretationof Drucker's wisdom.Covering everything from marketing andleadership to strategy and governance,TheDrucker Differenceis both a timely newassessment and a valuable addition to the canonof Druck

Author Biography

Craig L. Pearce is Professor of Management at The Drucker School of Management. He received the 2004 Ascendant Scholar Award from the Western Academy of Management. His most recent book is Shared Leadership: Reframing the Hows and Whys of Leadership.
Joseph A. Maciariello is the Horton Professor of Management at the Drucker School of Management. He coauthored The Daily Drucker and The Effective Executive in Action with Peter F. Drucker.
Hideki Yamakawi is Professor of Management and Associate Dean at The Drucker School of Management. His most recent book is Japanese Exports and Foreign Direct Investment: Imperfect Competition in International Markets.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. v
Introduction: The Drucker Living Legacyp. ix
Management as a Liberal Artp. 1
Drucker on Government, Business, and Civil Society: Roles, Relationships, Responsibilitiesp. 17
Leading Knowledge Workers: Beyond the Era of Command and Controlp. 35
Value(s)-Based Management: Corporate Social Responsibility Meets Value-Based Managementp. 47
Drucker on Corporate Governancep. 61
Corporate Purposep. 79
Strategy for What Purpose?p. 103
The Twenty-First Century: The Century of the Social Sectorp. 119
Economic Environment, Innovation, and Industry Dynamicsp. 135
A Pox on Charisma: Why Connective Leadership and Character Countp. 149
Knowledge Worker Productivity and the Practice of Self-Managementp. 175
Labor Markets and Human Resources: Managing Manual and Knowledge Workersp. 195
Peter Drucker: The Humanist Economistp. 207
The Drucker Vision and Its Foundations: Corporations, Managers, Markets, and Innovationp. 221
Drucker on Marketing: Remember, Customers Are the Reason You Are in Businessp. 255
A Closer Look at Pension Fundsp. 269
Notesp. 279
Sourcesp. 297
Indexp. 311
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