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The New Society
The Anatomy of Industrial Order

ISBN 9781560006244
Published January 30, 1993 by Routledge
380 Pages

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Book Description

In The New Society, Peter Drucker extended his previous works The Future of Industrial Man and The Concept of the Corporation into a systematic, organized analysis of the industrial society that emerged out of World War II. He analyzes large business enterprises, governments, labor unions, and the place of the individual within the social context of these institutions. Although written when the industrial society he describes was at its peak of productivity, Drucker's basic conceptual frame has well stood the test of time.

Following publication of the first printing of The New Society, George G. Higgins wrote in Commonweal that "Drucker has analyzed, as brilliantly as any modem writer, the problems of industrial relations in the individual company or 'enterprise.' He is thoroughly at home in economics, political science, industrial psychology, and industrial sociology, and has succeeded admirably in harmonizing the findings of all four disciplines and applying them meaningfully to the practical problems of the 'enterprise.'" This well expresses contemporary critical opinion.

Peter Drucker's new introduction places The New Society in a contemporary perspective and affirms its continual relevance to industry in the mid-1990s. Economists, political scientists, psychologists, and professionals in management and industry will find this seminal work a useful tool for understanding industry and society at large.

Table of Contents



Part 1: The Industrial Enterprise

1. The New Social Order

2. The Enterprise in Modern Society

3. The Anatomy of Enterprise

4. The Law of Avoiding Loss

5. The Law of Higher Output

6. Profitability and Performance

Part 2: The Problems of Industrial Order: The Economic Conflicts

7. The Real Issue in the Wage Conflict

8. The Worker's Resistance to Higher Output

9. The Hostility to Profit

Part 3: The Problems of Industrial Order: Management and Union

10. Can Management Be a Legitimate Government?

11. Can Unionism Survive?

12. Union Needs and the Common Weal

13. The Union Leader's Dilemma

14. The Split Allegiance Within the Enterprise

Part 4: The Problems of Industrial Order: The Plant Community

15. The Individual's Demand for Status and Function

16. The Demand for the Managerial Attitude

17. Men at Work

18. Is There Really a Lack of Opportunity?

19. The Communications Gap

20. Slot-Machine Man and Depression Shock

Part 5: The Problems of Industrial Order: The Management Function

21. The Threefold Job of Management

22. Why Managements Don't Do Their Job

23. Where Will Tomorrow's Managers Come From?

24. Is Bigness a Bar to Good Management?

Part 6: The Principles of Industrial Order: Exit the Proletarian

25. Labor as a Capital Resource

26. Predictable Income and Employment

27. The Worker's Stake in Profit

28. The Threat of Unemployment

Part 7: The Principles of Industrial Order: The Federal Organization of Management

29. "The Proper Study of Mankind Is Organization"

30. Decentralization and Federalism

31. Is a Competitive Market Necessary to Management?

Part 8: The Principles of Industrial Order: The Self-Governing Plant Community

32. Community Government and Business Management

33. "Management Must Manage"

34. The Worker and His Plant Government

35. Plant Self-Government and the Union

Part 9: The Principles of Industrial Order: The Labor Union as a Citizen

36. A Rational Wage Policy

37. How Much Union Control Over the Citizen?

38. When Strikes Become Unbearable

Conclusion: A Free Industrial Society


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