100 Years of Drucker

Today marks the 100th birthday of the late Peter F. Drucker, the father of modern management, author of 39 books and winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 1999, six years before he died at age 95, Drucker was asked what he considered to be his most important contributions. This special Drucker Centennial edition of Drucker Apps, examines the answers that he gave.

It’s society, stupid

“That I early on—almost sixty years ago—realized that management has become the constitutive organ and function of the Society of Organizations.”— Peter F. Drucker

  • How society’s concerns “will be resolved where they originate: in the individual organization and in the manager’s office.” Read more here.
  • Watch author Jim Collins describe how Drucker’s pen helped shape the 20th century

Beyond the boundaries of business

“That management is not Business Management—though it first attained attention in business—but the governing organ of all institutions of Modern Society.”— Peter F. Drucker

  • Why every sector must engage in a delicate balancing act. Read more here.
  • Hear social entrepreneur Bob Buford, chairman of the Drucker Institute Board of Advisors, discuss Drucker’s impact among nonprofits.

  • Ten lessons that Bob Buford says he learned from Peter Drucker. Read more here.

Drucker’s discipline

“That I established the study of management as a discipline in its own right.”— Peter F. Drucker

  • Turning the subject of management into “an organized body of knowledge.” Read more here.
  • Why Drucker was “the original management guru.” Read more here.

Above all, do no harm

“That I focused this discipline on People and Power; on Values, Structure, and Constitution; and above all, on responsibilities—that is, focused the Discipline of Management on management as a truly liberal art.”— Peter F. Drucker