Academic journal article et Cetera

Managing in a Time of Great Change

Academic journal article et Cetera

Managing in a Time of Great Change

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Peter F. Drucker. Managing in a Time of Great Change. New York: Dutton, 1995.

Peter Drucker has been called the "godfather" of modern management. For the past fifty years he has been a teacher and advisor to senior managers in business, human services organizations, and government. He has written over twenty books on management, economics, politics, and society.

In his latest book, Managing in a Time of Great Change, Drucker offers opinions about current management trends and provides a meta-analysis by placing business activity in the broader context of government, society, technology, and the world economy. More specifically, he covers such topics as the meaning and the message of the information age; the implications for business in the reinvention of government; the shifting balance of power between management and labor; the widely differing kinds of teamwork an organization can choose; the delicate relationship between America and Japan; and the promise and perils of China and other emerging powers in the Pacific region.

Drucker talks about a newly emerging group that he labels "knowledge workers," which will change the way we think about employees. Knowledge workers are formally educated or formally trained to sell their services to organizations or individuals who need particular knowledge or information. By the end of this century Drucker estimates that these workers will comprise a third of the work force. The implications of this development are not clear, but one result might be possible class conflict between knowledge workers and others in society.

Drucker believes that in our post-capitalist society managers will need to demonstrate more skills than just those that involve exerting command authority. …

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