Peter F. Drucker

Drucker, Peter Ferdinand

Peter Ferdinand Drucker, 1909–2005, American economist, b. Vienna, Austria. After receiving a doctorate in international and public law from Frankfurt Univ. (1931), Drucker was a financial writer for a German newspaper. In 1933 he moved to London, then to the United States (1937), where he became a freelance writer and (1943) a citizen. After teaching at New York Univ. (1950–71), he joined the faculty of Claremont Graduate Univ. (1971–2005). In 1987, Claremont named its graduate management school after him. Drucker was an authority on corporate management who was concerned with the human impact of corporate life; among his ideas in the 1970s was the shift from traditional assembly lines to flexible production methods. He also helped found (1990) the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management. He wrote more than 30 books, including The End of Economic Man (1939), Future of Industrial Man (1942), Concept of the Corporation (1946), The Practice of Management (1954), Drucker on Asia (with Isao Nakauchi, 1997), Management Challenges for the 21st Century (1999), and the autobiographical Adventures of a Bystander (1979).

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Peter F. Drucker: Selected full-text books and articles

Gurus on Marketing By Sultan Kermally Thorogood, 2003
Librarian's tip: Chap. Two "Peter Drucker"
Drucker: The Guru's Guru By Micklethwait, John; Wooldridge, Adrian The McKinsey Quarterly, No. 3, Summer 1996
Fifty Key Figures in Management By Morgen Witzel Routledge, 2003
Librarian's tip: "Peter F. Drucker" begins on p. 73
Taylorism Transformed: Scientific Management Theory since 1945 By Stephen P. Waring University of North Carolina Press, 1991
Librarian's tip: Chap. 4 "Virtue as Managerial Vision: Peter F. Drucker and Management by Objectives"
The Rise of the Knowledge Society By Drucker, Peter F The Wilson Quarterly, Vol. 17, No. 2, Spring 1993
America's Next Twenty Years By Peter F. Drucker Harper and Brothers, 1957
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