Summary of The Definitive Drucker

Challenges for Tomorrow's Executives – Final Advice from the Father of Modern Management

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The Definitive Drucker book summary
Put the customer first – and other common-sense rules from Peter Drucker, the late guru of management advice.


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Peter Drucker is called the "father of modern management" for good reason, according to this accessible volume of his business lessons by management consultant Elizabeth Haas Edersheim. She demonstrates that Drucker's theories were the perfect combination of calculated common sense, and genuine concern for the human side of consumers and employees. His teachings struck the right balance between big-picture dreaming and detail-oriented drudgery. This study strikes a similar balance. Edersheim offers details of Drucker's personal life that make his sweeping rules of management all the more compelling. She deftly applies Drucker's business lessons to today's ever-shifting landscape of globalization and fragmentation. getAbstract recommends her book to marketers and managers who want to learn from the best.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to apply Peter Drucker's rules for success
  • How to pursue innovation
  • How to hire the right people


Rules from Peter Drucker's Desk
Management guru Peter Drucker died in November 2005 at age 95. During his remarkable career, he wrote dozens of books, and inspired countless business and political leaders.

Born in Vienna in 1909, Drucker witnessed Europe's economic collapse...
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About the Author

Strategy consultant Elizabeth Haas Edersheim works with Fortune 500 companies and private equity investors. She holds a doctorate in operations research and industrial engineering. She also wrote McKinsey's Marvin Bower.

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