2nd Edition

The Age of Discontinuity
Guidelines to Our Changing Society

ISBN 9781560006183
Published January 30, 1992 by Routledge
434 Pages

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Book Description

The closing decades of the twentieth century have been characterized as a period of disruption and discontinuity in which the structure and meaning of economy, polity, and society have been radically altered. In this volume Peter Drucker focuses with great clarity and perception on the forces of change that are transforming the economic landscape and creating tomorrow's society.

Drucker discerns four major areas of discontinuity underlying contemporary social and cultural reality. These are: (1) the explosion of new technologies resulting in major new industries; (2) the change from an international to a world economy—an economy that presently lacks policy, theory, and institutions; (3) a new sociopolitical reality of pluralistic institutions that poses drastic political, philosophical, and spritual challenges; and (4) the new universe of knowledge based on mass education and its implications in work, leisure, and leadership.

Peter Drucker brings to this work an intimate knowledge and objective view of the particular and general. The Age of Discontinuity is a fascinating and important blueprint for shaping a future already very much with us.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the 1983 Edition

Preface to the 1983 Edition

Preface to the Original Edition

Part 1: The Knowledge Technologies

1. The End of Continuity

2. The New Industries and their Dynamics

3. The New Entrepreneur

4. The New Economic Policies

Part 2: From International to World Economy

5. The Global Shooping Center

6. Making the Poor Productive

7. Beyond the "New Economics"

Part 3: A Society of Organizations

8. The New Pluralism

9. Toward a Theory of Organizations

10. The Sickness of Government

11. How Can The Individual Survive

Part 4: The Knowledge Society

12. The Knowledge Economy

13. Work and Worker in the Knowledge Society

14. Has Succes Spoiled Schools?

15. The New Learning and the New Teaching

16. The Politics of Knowledge

17. Does Knowledge Have a Future?


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