MANAGEMENT is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; LEADERSHIP determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall - Stephen Covey

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

The Legendary Drucker

At ninety-five Peter Drucker is a living legend, one of the world's most respected thinkers on management and society. His thinking has inspired many business leaders from around the world, as well as in the non-profit sector, while influencing companies both large and small. Over six decades, as a journalist, teacher, consultant, and author of more than thirty-five books, Peter Drucker made management theory a respected discipline. He has a brimming lifetime of wisdom to share and expertise that reaches well beyond the confines of the world´s largest companies.
Drucker was born in Vienna in 1909. He studied law in Germany, then moved to England to escape Nazism and later to the United States. In 1945, his book Concept of the Corporation, based on a two-year study of General Motors, became an instant best-seller. Since 1971, he has taught management at Claremont Graduate University in California, which in 1987 named its school of management after him. He is the ultimate guru to generations of executives and students of management theory, of how organizations succeed, and why they fail.
When asked the difference between Management as a Practice and Management as a Science, Drucker says "I very rarely speak of management as a science. Management is a practice like medicine. There's medical science and there are medical scientists to support medical practice. And management, like medicine, is a practice. The results are not in theory but in what actually happens. Management science supports the manager by furnishing the tools to acheive the desired results. But the implementation of those tools, the actual use of management tools is a practice, not a science."


Blogger Trevor Gay said...

Like most of us of my age Drucker was the first Guru we were introduced to in our management studies. A groundbreaking author. I did not realise he was still alive so thank you for that Sriram.

Drucker preceded Tom Peters and I am sure even Tom would credit Drucker with the title of the first management 'guru.'

By the way Sriram - great to see pictures on your Blog - it brightens the Blog - I have sarted using more pictures on Simplicity Blog. You and I are men and we perhaps do not notice these things so much as females

Annie always keeps me in order on these things!!! :-)

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