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The World According to Peter Drucker

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A book by Jack Beatty

Over a remarkable 60-year career, Peter Drucker has written the book on management theory, executive advice, and various aspects of social and political thought. He's also penned a monthly editorial-page column for theWall Street Journal, contributed … see full wiki

Author: Jack Beatty
Genre: Business
Publisher: Free Press
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A Vivid Intellectual Portrait

  • Jan 6, 2000
Jack Beatty creates what he calls an "intellectual portrait" of the world's most highly respected business scholar and teacher. What soon becomes clear, however, is that Drucker is a life-long learner with an insatiable curiosity about many subjects which are wholly unrelated to business per se. The book consists of nine chapters which, together, examine Drucker's multi-dimensional life since his birth in Vienna in 1909.

Correctly, Drucker has been described by Warren Bennis as "one of the few thinkers in any discipline who can claim to have changed the world: he is the inventor of privatization, the apostle of a new class of knowledge workers, the champion of management as a serious discipline." It is generally agreed that, until Drucker, the term "management" was not even in the formal nomenclature of business. Today, management consulting is a multi-billion dollar global enterprise which continues to experience ever-increasing growth. Drucker gave that enterprise a definition, a vision, and a rationale as well as many of its basic terms.

Beatty neither thinks nor writes as well as Drucker. (Who does?) His "intellectual portrait" is, however, an invaluable supplement to any of Drucker's books and articles.

For more than 60 years, Peter Drucker has made a positive and substantial difference in the personal as well as professional lives of so many others throughout the world. With all due respect to Peter Drucker's well-deserved recognition as a scholar of business, that "difference" is his most valuable contribution.

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