December 24, 2002 |
When ServiceMaster Co. hired Peter F. Drucker as a consultant years ago, he went to a board meeting and asked the directors a simple question: What business are you in? One director replied, "Lawn care, home security...." Another chimed in, "And pest control and house cleaning...." "Wrong," Drucker said. "You're in the business of training and deploying people."
December 13, 1985 |
Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Practice and Principles by Peter F. Drucker (Harper & Row: $19.95) "High-tech"--that catch-all industry umbrella covering every scientific wonder from computers to biotechnology--is often ballyhooed as the savior of the American economy, having the potential to employ many of the steel and auto workers and others displaced by the decline of smokestack America. But in "Innovation and Entrepreneurship," Peter F.
November 9, 1987 |
At the Claremont Graduate School, when they talk about classes in management, invariably they talk about a professor named Peter. But if you were to have a chat with Peter, he might tell you the real apostle was Paul. Paul is Paul A.
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June 12, 1992 |
The Claremont Colleges are hardly paradise, but neither are they a hotbed of racism. We are a diverse community that has worked hard for more than a decade to be increasingly inclusive at every level, and to be sensitive to the experience and perspectives of those who make the colleges each year a more varied, vibrant place. While far from perfect, we are making progress.
February 14, 1990 |
What business theorist Peter F. Drucker has called "the information-based organization" is indeed upon us: - Citicorp has realigned its information systems and organizational structure to enable an account manager to deal with almost any customer's request. - A new information system has enabled a telephone company to merge its installation and repair departments, eliminating one-third of its work force while improving customer service.
November 1, 2009 |
"Buddhas of the three worlds gobbled up in one mouthful." Bruce Coats is translating the Japanese inscription on "Frog and Snail," a painting by Zen master Gibon Sengai. The "three worlds" are the past, present and future, he says. "Zen often talks about the oneness of all things. The inscription is saying all time can be eaten in one mouthful." As for the image, "it's wonderful," he says. "Here we have the frog looking at the snail, about to eat it. The shape of the frog is repeated upside down in the snail in a sort of yin yang arrangement.
February 3, 1997 |
"I've never worked harder in my life," says Don Liebson, owner of a franchise of Futurekids, the world's largest provider of computer education for children. Liebson's typical day starts as early as 3 a.m., when he does administrative work until his own three children wake up. After taking one of his kids to preschool, he makes marketing presentations to school leaders in the morning and spends the afternoon at his Manhattan Beach storefront business, teaching youngsters how to use computers.
December 31, 2009 |
The mark of a truly revolutionary thinker is that his revolution has to be fought anew in every generation. That's the case with Peter F. Drucker, whose teachings on business management retain their startling wisdom four years after his death at the age of 95 and seven decades after the publication of his first book -- the first of 39. This year was the centenary of Peter Drucker's birth. It wouldn't be right to let the year expire without reviewing how his ideas apply to business today.
March 31, 1996 |
What began as a trickle in 1982 with "In Search of Excellence" has turned into a torrent of faddish business books written mostly by management consultants who presume to tell executives how to run their companies. A good half of them, it seems, feature "Re" prominently in the title: "Reengineering the Corporation," "Reengineering Management," "The Reengineering Revolution," "Reengineering Reengineering" (just a joke, but perhaps not a bad idea).
April 6, 2008 |
Ira A. Jackson had never heard of the Drucker School until he was approached to lead it as dean. And when he arrived in July 2006, the campus looked "startlingly small, almost to the point of being invisible." Jackson, 59, appeared to have little in common with the business school known officially as the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management. For years, Jackson had held a string of prestigious posts in government, business and academia.