'It is not so very difficult to predict the future. It is only pointless...what is always far more important are fundamental changes that happened though no one predicted them or could possible have predicted them.' (quote taken from this book)
It is these unpredictable and irreversible changes from the past, and their effect on the role of the executive which Peter Drucker examines in his latest book.
The management of change is a subject which has been, undoubtedly, the principal preoccupation of management thinkers in the 1990s. Peter Drucker, the guru's guru, brings together a group of his own original essays and interviews on this vitally important topic. As ever, he provides invaluable food for thought for all executives and students of business and management.
Table of Contents
Preface; Acknowledgements; Interview: The post-capitalist executive; Management - The theory of the business; Planning for uncertainty; The five deadly business sins; Managing the family business; Six rules for presidents; Managing in the network society; The information-based organization - The new society of organizations; There's three kinds of teams; The information revolution in retail; Be data literate: know what to know; We need to measure, not count; The information executives need today; The economy - Trade lessons from the world economy; The US economy's power shift; Where the new markets are; The Pacific Rim and the world economy; China's growth markets; The end of Japan, Inc?; A weak dollar strengthens Japan; The new superpower: the overseas Chinese; The society - A century of social transformations; It profits us to strengthen non-profits; Knowledge work and gender roles; Reinventing government; Can the democracies win the peace?; Conclusion; Interview: Managing in a post-capitalist society; Index.
`Drucker, the most enduring management thinker of our time'
`...it would be difficult to overestimate his contribution to management thinking' Financial Times
`Peter Drucker was the first analytical futurist and the first of the management philosophers. And for me he is still the best'
Wall Street Journal
'This is a powerful book...it certainly challenges our thinking. And on finishing it, one is certainly in a different place from where one started.'
Marketing Business, September 1995
'The subject mix is eclectic, the arguments challenging and cogent and the prose simple and readable. No wonder he has dominated the field of management writing for so long.'
The Financial Times - Business Internat., December 1995
'This is essentially a book for the established and experienced, and so far ranging are Drucker's thoughts on the future, that there is something there for everyone from international statesman to proprietor of a family business.'
Modern Management, February 1996
'Drucker is the foremost and most enduring mangement thinker. It would
be difficult to overestimate his contribution to management thinking, and
this latest book again stimulates the reader by the breadth of vision and
realism. Unreservedly recommended it covers four major topics:
Management, Society, and concludes with an interview on Managing in a
post Capitalist Society.
Do make reading this book a top priority.'