Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices
Management is an organized body of knowledge. "This book," in Peter Drucker'swords, "tries to equip the manager with the understanding, the thinking, the knowledge and the skills for today'sand also tomorrow's jobs." This management classic has been developed and tested during more than thirty years of teaching management in un...more
It took me a year and a half to make it through this book. Each chapter was so dense with thought-provoking concepts that I couldn't read more than about one a week. The book's preface recommends reading each chapter as a standalone essay, which I agree with.
The core hypothesis here is both simple and grand. Organizations (meaning for-profit co ...more
The original text was published in 1973. This revised edition integrates Drucker's findings from then until his passing in 2005 at age 95. At more than 500 pages it is comprehensive, yet easy ...more
So much of my reading focus has been on leadership and leading people. This book reminds us that there is so much more to all businesses than simply Leading. Processes, Focus, Vision, etc need to be managed.
Many reviews can get into the meat and potatoes of what Management is about. I would pr ...more
The theory of the business has 3 parts:
1) Assumptions about the environment of the organization (society and its structure, the market, the customer, and technology). These define what the organization expects it can be paid for.
2) Assumptions about the specific mission of the or ...more
Let's deal with that last one for a moment. Because this is the singular problem with this book. Drucker somehow makes the subject interesting, it is well researched, and there are many keen obs ...more
The book is laid out in a fairly straight forward fashion, with plenty of cross references to other chapters for follow up or review.
The examples listed are, for the most part, easy to understand. They are also ...more
The reader also learns a good deal about different management structures and styles, and the need for companies to structure their organizations to allow for growth.
This book was a long read for me, primarily because this type of book is recreational reading for me and I have been busy of late. The ...more
Let me say - this is for serious managers who truly see management as a calling and want to understand it at a deep level. Sometimes it could be a bit dry, and it is less of a 'do this, do that' book and more of a thorough study into the theory of management. I con ...more
The late Peter F. Drucker is a must-read author for any studious manager, and this specific title is one of his most recent (updated by a colleague and published in 2008) and broadest in scope.
Note: While the audio book is reportedly abridged, it is about 20 hours in length, so the abridgment should be very minimal.
Any student of management has to come to grips with what Drucker has to say in this book.
A must read.
J. Robert Ewbank, author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the 'Isms'"