Celebrating the life and works of Peter Drucker 1909-2005Image: Celebrating the life and works of Peter Drucker: 1909-2005

Image: Peter DruckerExperts in the worlds of business and academia regard Peter Drucker as the founding father of the study of management. He wrote 39 books, including the landmark titles The Practice of Management (1954) and The Effective Executive (1967).

He published his first book, The End of Economic Man, in 1939. His works had a profound impact on how people around the world organize themselves in the realms of business, government and civil society. He predicted many of the major developments of the late 20th century, including privatization and decentralization; the rise of Japan to economic world power; the decisive importance of marketing and innovation; and the emergence of the information society with its necessity of lifelong learning.

When he passed away at the age of 95 in 2005, Drucker left an immeasurable legacy. According to Richard Straub, President of the Peter Drucker Society of Austria, we need his integrity, his rigour and profoundness now more than ever. "With Peter Drucker we have someone on whose shoulders we can stand to envision the future of management for the twenty-first century."

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