- Notes on Contributors
- Frederick Winslow Taylor
- Mind, Method, and Motion: Frank and Lillian Gilbreth
- Henri Fayol
- Mary Parker Follett
- George Elton Mayo
- Lyndall Urwick
- Chester Barnard and the Systems Approach to Nurturing Organizations
- The Tavistock Group
- Deeply Engaged, Intuitively Analytical and Determinedly Applied: Tom Burns and Joan Woodward in Context but not in Concert
- W. Edwards Deming
- The Life and Diverse Contributions of Dr J. M. Juran
- Edith Penrose's Contribution to Economics and Management Scholarship
- Peter F. Drucker
- Herbert Alexander Simon: Philosopher of the Organizational Life-World
- Alfred Chandler's Managerial Revolution: Developing and Utilizing Productive Resources
- The Aston Studies: A Journey Towards a Science of Administration?
- James March, Richard Cyert, and the Evolving Field of Organizations
- Geert Hofstede
- John Paul Kotter
- Henry Mintzberg
- The Competitive Advantage of Michael Porter
- Ikujiro Nonaka
- Sumantra Ghoshal
- C. K. Prahalad
Abstract and Keywords
This article discusses the career and contributions of Peter Georg Ferdinand Drucker, known as ‘the father of modern management’. Many would argue that Drucker changed the way people look at management as a field of theory and practice more than anyone before or since. Evidence to support this argument is to be found in his forty-one books, some of which have updated editions while others have been published posthumously. Drucker’s awards and recognition include the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002, the US’s highest civilian honour. From the mid 1940s, when Drucker discovered management at General Motors, he initially tutored himself to learn about management by setting it with the total of life’s big picture. His work is a unique integration of ethics, economics, society, and management.
Peter Starbuck was born in Birmingham in 1936. He trained and qualified as a construction industry professional, either side of a two-year interruption for National Service (1959–61) in the Royal Engineers in West Germany. His commercial career has also included work with education and training, the Health Service, social housing, and charities. His involvement with Peter F. Drucker began in 1975, when he applied his ideas commercially. For the last twenty years he has studied Drucker and related influences, and is the only person to have deposited a PhD thesis on him with The British Library. He continues to work from his home office on the English/Welsh Borders.
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