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Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices

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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 universities, in executive programs and seminars ...more
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Published January 1st 1900 by Harper Business
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Adam Wiggins
This is the magnum opus of one of the greatest business minds of the 20th century, filtered and updated by one of his students five years after his death.

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
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Fahed S. Al Kerdi
Without hesitation, I called Kotler's "Marketing Management" as the Bible of marketing, and using the same perspective, I will name this terrific book "The Bible of Management". There is not lecturer can teach management without using one of Drucker's publications, especially this book.
I made a good use of the content of this book to quote some definitions about the social implementation of management literature, such like entrepreneurship.
I have read the kindle version and it was well
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Toma
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Unfortunately it is way too theoretical. I had huge expectations about this book but although I am sure there are some hidden gems, I would say it is not worth the effort.
Luke
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Read this book and skip the airport bookstore where much of what is included here is repackaged as fresh and new.
Gene Babon
Oct 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leadership
No manager worth her weight should be allowed to manage people, projects or businesses without a fundamental understanding of the teachings of Peter Drucker, The Man Who Invented Management. Management Rev Ed captures a lifetime of Drucker's principles in one legacy guide book on the practice of management.

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
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Mohammad Noroozi
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What other readers have written here is absolutely true. Anyone who wants to manage others should read this book first.

As I read through the book, I found myself thinking to myself over an over again "how did one person put together all this knowledge?" The whole book reads like a home maintenance manual in that it answers questions you didn't even know you had before you read through, or poses problems that you hadn't considered but are vital to the health of any organisation, and gives clear
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Jurgen Appelo
Jan 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book, though a bit long. I took many, many notes, which shows I learned a lot from it. But the writing style was a bit dry.
Matt
Oct 20, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Managment
Drucker has been a recent discovery for me. The clarity he brings to the role of manager at any level is refreshing. Though I would recommend the Essential Drucker as an intro.
Stephen Wong
Aug 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I read this about 18 years ago, from my dad's library. I saw the revised edition at the bookstore today. Yes, it's the classic tome. I believe it has influenced me in subtle ways. Worth a re-read.
Lucas
Dec 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So much information I haven't found elsewhere. A must re-read, although there's a lot at the beginning (and some scattered throughout) that is more philosophical and less actionable. Also too long to properly summarize.

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
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Mansur Mustaquim
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This was a thought-provoking read. Its subject matter is possibly too broad for this to be read in a few days or weeks. I ended up reading this over the course of a year. Going back and re-reading some chapters and sections was quite common as, while reading, I would be unable to resist searching for prior passages that I couldn't always recall. For the most part, this book doesn't teach management, it invites us to think about the various responsibilities and impacts of management.

I discovered
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Sooraj
Nov 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
The longest academic book I have ever read, but absolutely worth it.
How did our organizations, professions and our work begin and evolve to where we are today?
What is the difference between businesses, services and innovative organizations.
What are the different ways of producing work in organizations?
What are the different ways of creating organizations?
The answers to all these questions will definitely develop in you a new enriched perspective.

Negatives:
Very academic in nature, requires slow
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Juste
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The best book ever read on Corporate Organization and Management. The book that make you feel more intelligent and allow you to show wisdom.
But the human and/or interpersonnal skills should be taken somewhere else.
Personally, a mix of Covey (7 habits...) and Carnegie (How to...) may fulfill the blanks of the absolute necessity to deal with People and boost your executive career and capabilities.
Li Li
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, mustread
A classic management book - The Bible.

I've read quite some management books and took variety of online and live training. All management concepts and guiding principles are in this book. It is practical and simple. If you choose to read one book and only one book on management subject, this is THE one.
Pulkit Gupta
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Had to read it as part of promotion requirements - the approach is very 20th century like but the world is a very different place now and the businesses have changed drastically. Not recommended for anybody.
Wolfb
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks
M.WASIM
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So good
Maxat
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simply must read for all managers and who wants to become one. Not too easy, not too complicated. A very well balanced book. I should have read it at least five years ago.
Max Cojevnicov
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In my opinion Mr Peter F. Drucker in the field of Management is as C.S. Lewis in the field of Fiction.
Moayad Taibah
This book is a mixed bag for me. It did help me realize how management has changed in the age of information and knowledge workers and get a better understanding of how one is supposed to work alongside his team rather than try to keep a handle on all things himself. That said, a lot of this book felt like that last shot of a movie that has a sequel, panning above an an undiscovered mystery that you want to delve into but nope, you'll have to look for it elsewhere.

I'll admit that it has been a
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Bob Wallner
Jan 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Business Leaders
I listened to the Audio version of Management as so many people have listed this as THE BOOK on management. I had read this for my business undergrad, but by not being in the workforce, it didn't mean much.

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
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Tao Lee
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
Note to self: How to nourish the brain - The human brain absorbs almost half of all the oxygen and all the energy in the body. The five sense organs work directly for the brain and supply it with stimuli. To Nourish the brain is to supply it with stimulus and energy.
James Curcio
Nov 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book looks like it's going to make a nice doorstop. It's thick as someone's arm and written about a subject that most people-- including managers-- could seem to give a damn about. Management. What methods have been used, what is effective, and what is the social responsibility of a corporate entity?

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
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Doug
Dec 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in management theory
WOW ... I can see why they say that this book is used in some colleges as class text books. It is written in that style, and while the subject matter is not exactly the stuff of legends, it is a fairly easy and (if you are interested in the topic of management in general) interesting read.

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
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Ning-Jia Ong
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you, like me, is tired of reading the new age management or organizational behaviors books with fancy new terminologies and hyped up TedTalk videos and is wondering what's beneath all of it.

Well, look no further. All new age writing on the topic of management, organizations, teams, and even self-help topics on finding meaning can be traced to ideas from this book.

This is one of the few books that got more and more interesting as I went from page 100, page 200, page 300 all the way too 500+
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Sam Spurlin
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
There aren't many 800 page books where I feel an urge to immediately start reading again from the beginning. As a book written in the early 70's there's obviously much that is dated (the only pronoun for managers and leader Drucker uses is 'he', Soviet Russia is alive and well, 'are multinationals here to stay?!' etc.). However, I was more struck by how much of what Drucker wrote about seems applicable and prescient today (importance of self-development/continuous learning for knowledge workers, ...more
Kari Metzger
Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh wow. Simply the most thorough, genius book on management I've ever read. This is like taking an entire course in the history of management from where it began to where we are today - and is a fabulous download on Drucker's beliefs.

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
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David McClendon, Sr
Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Drucker attempts to give detailed information on many different areas of management. The book contains loads of information. Drucker provides his readers a detailed history of the field of management.
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
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Shu Lindsey
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"... an increasing number of people who are full-time employees have to be managed as if they were volunteers... What motivates -- and especially what motivates knowledge workers -- is what motivates volunteers. Volunteers, we know, have to get more satisfaction from their work than paid employees, precisely because they do not get a paycheck. They need, above all, challenge. They need to know the organization's mission and to believe in it. They need continuous training. They need to see ...more
Taylor Pearson
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, business
It’s not an exaggeration to call Peter Drucker the father of the modern corporation and modern management.

He was also a historian and Management is as good of a history of the 20th century corporation as I’ve found.

At more than 500 pages it is a fairly comprehensive survey of Drucker’s body of work (his “best of” if you will). This revised edition integrates Drucker’s findings from then until his passing in 2005 at age 95.
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