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Managing in a Time of Great Change
A new, exciting, wide-ranging guide for navigating the rapids-strewn course that will take the American economy into the 21st century, Managing in a Time of Great Change covers such issues as the U.S. economy's profound and rapid power shift, competition in the global economy, and ways to develop new international markets.
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published November 1st 1995 by Dutton Adult
(first published January 1st 1995)
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Sometimes I like Drucker, sometimes I don't. This one brought some good old-fashioned down-to-earth solid advice for dealing with a changing environment and managing organizations through it. I hadn't heard quite so much of his management principles applied to the political arena before, so that was an enjoyable new wrinkle. The book draws from older articles written in the 1990's, so it may seem a bit dated, but good management principles are durable enough to be generally applicable over time.
This book seems like a calculated attempt to trade off Drucker's posthumous fame. Many of the articles feel dated, much like books of economic advice before the crash. One article still had power to charm and instruct: 6 rules for presidents. 1. Ask what needs to be done. 2. Concentrate, don't splinter yourself. 3. Don't ever bet on a sure thing. 4. Don't micromanage. 5. Presidents don't have friends. 6. Once you're elected, stop campaigning. Interesting! President Obama take note.
Peter Ferdinand Drucker was a writer, management consultant and university professor. His writing focused on management-related literature. Peter Drucker made famous the term knowledge worker and is thought to have unknowingly ushered in the knowledge economy, which effectively challenges Karl Marx's world-view of the political economy. George Orwell credits Peter Drucker as one of the only writer ...moreMore about Peter F. Drucker...