Summary of Managing in a Time of Great Change

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Peter Drucker’s greatest hits. That’s the easiest way to describe this book, which compiles essays written by the ultimate management guru from 1991 to 1994. All of these essays are about change: changes in the economy, society, business and in organizations in general. Drucker’s advice on how managers should adjust to these tectonic shifts centers around the rise of the now ubiquitous knowledge worker and the global economy. As always, Drucker’s analysis is far enough ahead of the curve that his 90s-era observations and conclusions are still relevant in the 21st century. getAbstract recommends this seamlessly organized book as the perfect introduction to one of the most important management thinkers of his generation.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How fundamental changes in society and economics are affecting business;
  • How managers should adjust their strategies and techniques in response to such macro-changes as the rise of the knowledge worker, and
  • The basic tenets of Peter Drucker, a preeminent management thinker.

About the Author

Peter F. Drucker has taught, written and lectured on business and management theories and techniques for over 40 years. Since 1971, he has been a professor of Social Sciences at the Claremont Graduate School in California. He is also an editorial page columnist for the Wall Street Journal, and has received many awards and honorary degrees for his work.



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