Introduction

This volume collects the most iconic and influential articles by Peter F. Drucker (1909–2005). To call it a representative sample belies the span and the volume of Drucker’s writing—38 articles and 39 books in all. But The Peter F. Drucker Reader does provide a useful window onto his thinking and his most enduring lessons about leadership, management, productivity, effectiveness, and, perhaps most important, the relationship of people and societies with their organizations.

Drucker’s ideas remain startlingly relevant. He was seemingly prescient. In writing so cogently about the burgeoning phenomenon of the “knowledge worker,” he was able to imagine with great accuracy how the balance of power would shift in organizations in the late ...

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