Managing in the Next Society

Managing in the Next Society

Peter F. Drucker

Language: English

Pages: 336

ISBN: 0312289774

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Following in the successful vein of Managing for the Future (1992) and Managing in a Time of Great Change (1995), the incomparable Peter Drucker is back with fresh thoughts, insights, and knowledge about the ever-changing business society around us and the ever-expanding management roles required of us all-chiefs, executives, managers, and knowledge workers alike.

Two main themes are explored in many of the chapters in Managing in the Next Society: the rapidly expanding information shock wave that had its Internet Big Bang as recently as 1995; and the changing shape of our society to come-six major trends that are rapidly transforming our world into what Peter Drucker calls The Next Society.

High Commitment High Performance: How to Build A Resilient Organization for Sustained Advantage

Building a Winning Sales Management Team

Innovation the NASA Way: Harnessing the Power of Your Organization for Breakthrough Success

Harvard Business Review on Communicating Effectively

Seeing What's Next: Using the Theories of Innovation to Predict Industry Change

Masters of Management: How the Business Gurus and Their Ideas Have Changed the World - for Better and for Worse
















This is likely to be true of the industries that will emerge from now on. It is already true of biotechnology. Bribing the knowledge workers on whom these industries depend will therefore simply not work. The key knowledge workers in these businesses will surely continue to expect to share financially in the fruits of their labor. But the financial fruits are likely to take much longer to ripen, if they ripen at all. And then, probably within ten years or so, running a business with (short-term)

e-commerce is delivery. The delivery has to be local. That is fairly easy if you sell books. Books have an enormously high value-to-weight ratio. There is almost no product except diamonds that has a ratio as high. They are very easily shipped, and true, they can be damaged, but they’re fairly sturdy. All over the world transportation costs of books are artificially low. They are subsidized heavily. In this country, the best guess is that it costs the post office four times what it charges. So

books were collections of essays. He was, in short, one of the great essayists — a noble form of writing much neglected in the age of the ghost-written, formulaic, blockbuster business book. We can be certain he wrote every single word himself. As Andrew Grove (the Intel founder) put it: “He writes and thinks with exquisite clarity … a standout amongst a bunch of muddled fad mongers!”. Viewed in that light, Drucker’s natural successor became Charles Handy (another cosmopolitan ex-pat), also

your manufacturing person, who’s better than anybody else at handling people. So your manufacturing person also becomes your people person. And you start to meet once a month, maybe on a Saturday, and within a year you have a management team. It takes at least a year, more likely eighteen months, to create a team. To really begin to work together as a team? Yes, but also to know that even though Joe’s a difficult person to work with, he’s exactly the financial person we need. Or to know that

manufacturer that offered china of apparently better quality at a lower price and shipped cheaply by air. Within a few months the main customers in the area shifted to the European supplier. Few of them, it seems, realize—let alone care—that the stuff comes from Europe. In the new mental geography created by the railroad, humanity mastered distance. In the mental geography of e-commerce, distance has been eliminated. There is only one economy and only one market. One consequence of this is that

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