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The Practice of Management

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  572 ratings  ·  25 reviews
The first book to depict management as a distinct function and to recognize managing as a separate responsibility, this classic work by Peter Drucker is the fundamental and basic book for understanding these ideas.
Paperback, 416 pages
Published January 1st 1993 by HarperBusiness (first published 1954)
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grebrim
So everything people write about manangement was already known 50 years ago. That speaks both for Drucker and against decades of research on the matter. Read this if you're doing something that has remotely to do with management.
Tomasz
This book was written 60 years ago and it feels like most of the Drucker's thoughts are still of the moment. Whats more, in many modern books about management you can notice that authors "discover america" again. For some insights it took decades until they were proved empirically and described wider therefore more commonly used. An example here can be "focusing on strengths and managing weaknesses" which is the key point in "First, break all the rules" book that is based on Gallup research of t...more
Heather
As IF I actually read this. Last week of grad school classes. :throws hands up: I skimmed enough to write my paper. #senioritis
Arun Ramamurthy
One book that has been what you call as Original. A classic work, to be read by every management student, staff and almost any one in the corporate world. It is interesting that really nothing new has been added to management theory - is what I felt onreading this book first published in 1954.
Nicole
While the specific examples are sometimes quaintly outdated, the general themes are still relevant.

And what would Drucker, supporter of writing and oration college courses, say about business school requirements today?
Susie
Yes, yes, Drucker is brilliant and a management classic, but this book was drier than a sawdust sandwich and made me want to clean out my refrigerator in procrastination.
Hongsno2522
Jan 31, 2008 Hongsno2522 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
It's really a great book.
Jeremiah
A classic. The purpose of a business is to create a customer.
Adele Corazzini
You will see the bottom of the bin...... In a matter of minutes!
Robert Snow
I had a Professor in College and preached Drucker to us. He would say if you want to know how run and understand a business read Drucker. He is Brilliant and years from now he will be the known as the Father of Management.
Mike
A wonderful book. Lots of great insight, but it can be repetitive and scattered. More thorough than "Effective Executive", but also not as concise or clear. I am a clear Drucker fan.
Preston Malone
This is a special book. It was the Bible and the bedrock for practically every MBA program that sprung up at practically every college in the post WWII years.
Solomon Walker
an awesome book! Have listened to, and read it for more than twnety years. Contains principles and ideas that are as fresh as a moment ago.
Eben van Tonder
ive learned as much about management as i did about life!!!! read only one book on the subject - this is it!!!!!
Neil
Base, standard, required reading. Takes you right through 20th Century Management Philosophy and Theory.
Jack
Read most of his work and those works are the basis for most management studies published since.
ömer Akgül
to devalope induvidual skills
I have to improve mine about business mamagement
Liz Skelton
I don't like his writing style but found his theories still pretty relevant today.
David
This was a book on cassette tape fom the Columbus Library

ISBN 1559942789
John
To understand strategy vs. operation and how to manage it within a corporation.
maistrich
Best business book ever written, and still current and relevant.
Michael Kraft
Still the best management textbook, despite now-dated examples.
Paramita
wasn't my flavor of ice-cream
Alice_chen316
fantastic
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