A Class with Drucker: The Lost Lessons of the World's Greatest Management Teacher

A Class with Drucker: The Lost Lessons of the World's Greatest Management Teacher

A Class with Drucker: The Lost Lessons of the World's Greatest Management Teacher

A Class with Drucker: The Lost Lessons of the World's Greatest Management Teacher

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Peter Drucker was a true genius—an amazing individual who changed modern management forever. He wrote forty books and numerous articles. There are thousands of references to him and his work, hundreds of articles about him, and several books, too. Why then this book? Although so much has been written about Drucker, his consulting work, and his philosophies, little has been written about how or what he taught in the classroom.

Peter Drucker was my professor in probably the first executive PhD program in management in academic history. I was his student from 1975 to 1979, and the first graduate of this program at Claremont Graduate School, which today is known as the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management and is part of Claremont Graduate University. This was a program to which Peter committed his life from the first class. Our relationship continued through the years until shortly before his death.

To say that I learned much from Peter Drucker would be a gross understatement. What he taught literally changed my life. When I met him I was a young struggling ex-Air Force officer only recently involved in business management, with no academic experience at all. Beginning with my graduation from Claremont's program, and following many of Peter's lessons that are contained in this book, I was re-commissioned in the Air Force Reserve and rose to the rank of major general. I entered academia and eventually became a full professor and a university president, even teaching several times at my alma mater as an adjunct professor. In fact, at one time when Peter was not teaching at Claremont in 1985, and I was, he allowed . . .

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