Management Rev Ed-There are very few writers of whom one can say they invented an entire field of study: Peter F. Drucker is one. “Management” as a concept literally did not exist until Drucker’s groundbreaking work. From Jim Collins to Jack Welch, every great theorist and practitioner of management has walked in Drucker’s footsteps.
And in 1974, with MANAGEMENT, he published the book that would come to define the field. In this seminal work, Drucker explored how managers–in the for-profit and public service sectors alike–can perform effectively. Examining management cases with a global eye, Drucker laid out the essentials of performance, and of how a manager interacts with their organization and the social and cultural environment in which they operate. For three decades, managers and students of business worldwide have relied on Peter Drucker to prepare themselves to meet the challenges of an ever-changing business environment. The result is a book that–while still a fundamental work–has also slipped substantially behind the current business climate.
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I was simply surprised at that transformation level of this edition. So many important paragraphs in Drucker’s original text, for example the parts on communication, were discarded. The new summaries Maciariello added may be helpful but seem to fit less, are out of Drucker’s style. I doubt whether the author of this book could be identified as Peter F. Drucker himself. Maciariello is surely a co-author of this version, and I think he changed much the tone and mood of the original book. Any way, this shortened version might be an effective introduction to reading original Drucker.