Drucker and Management for the Future

October 14th, 2010
by Richard

Peter Drucker begins his book MANAGEMENT FOR THE FUTURE, with the phrase “The future is here.” The particular is that this book was written in the early nineties, when, for example, Internet (the most revolutionary invention without doubt the century) was in its prehistory. The amazing thing is that to write only based on the observation of its present and a past full of “clues” about what was coming, which were just emerging transformations in technology and business. “In five important areas, said the work cited, 90 will bring changes in profound consequences for social and economic environment for the strategies, structures and business administration.” These five areas were the trend towards reciprocity as a central principle of international economic integration, the integration of the businesses in the economy by way of Alliances, radical restructuring of business, bringing the work to the place where the people and contracting out activities that provide opportunities for promotion to managerial and professional positions relatively high, the challenge of the administration or government companies and the primacy of politics. But although these five areas effectively brought great impact on businesses, which made Drucker in his book was not to predict but to lay down conclusions about what those mean big changes for the management and labor. Drucker to imagine his work did what every manager should do in this: anticipating a future at least the medium term (the rate of change and technological development would not hit exactly on the vision of a very long-term future ), to successfully face a world most competitive and amazingly productive.

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