The best way to predict the future...
is to create it.

Peter Ferdinand Drucker (1909-2005)
 
Perspectives on Peter F. Drucker

Cornelis A. de Kluyver
In my capacity as Dean of the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management, I have delivered countless speeches about our school and the things that differentiate our faculty, programs and students from other graduate schools of business/management around the world. I begin such talks with our branding as a “Different School of Thought”. This reflects our unique approach to management education rooted in the values, ideas and philosophy of Peter Drucker, who is often described as the “father of modern management.” ::read more::
 
Craig L. Pearce
The legacy and impact of Peter Drucker has been vast and profound. Peter’s interest in business organizations stemmed from his desire for a strongly functioning society. This concern for society is what has distinguished him from nearly all management scholars and practitioners. It is what made his words resonate and help others find meaning. Indeed, this is also what distinguishes the Drucker School. The challenge now is to extend Peter Drucker’s legacy by continuing to search for humanistically focused and morally grounded insights into helping organizations grow and, and to thereby create prosperity for their various constituents in an increasingly complex and ever-changing social milieu.
 
Hideki Yamawaki
Why is Peter Drucker so popular in the business community in Japan and other East Asian countries? To my mind, his books are well received and appreciated in Japan because of the analytical framework used implicitly in his writing. My interpretation of his methodology is as follows: ::read more::
 
 
James Wallace
Rather than provide general thoughts interpreting Peter Drucker’s legacy, I will briefly describe how Peter’s teachings caused me to look at things differently. This changed perspective resulted in a change in both the research I am pursuing and the way I teach financial accounting. ::read more::
 
 
Jean Lipman-Blumen
In his trajectory of thought, Peter Drucker was the intellectual heir of both Auguste Comte, the father of sociology, and Herbert Spencer, British philosopher and sociologist. Combining the methods of Comte and Spencer, Drucker’s approach was both scientific and empirical.   ::read more::    

 
   
Jenny Darroch
Peter’s work has inspired my research interests in marketing, innovation and entrepreneurship. I admire the many insights he provided and I’m frequently reminded of how relevant his ideas are in today’s environment. As a major piece of assessment, I have my marketing students write an assignment titled “The Customer is the Business,” based around a chapter in Peter’s book, Managing for Results, published in 1964. The students relate this material to a business with which they are familiar and comment on how applicable and insightful Peter’s ideas remain. ::read more::

 
 
 
Joseph Maciariello
When I think of extending the Drucker legacy, I think of the methodology of the Social Ecologist - attempting to see the future trends that are already apparent, and to think through their impact on institutions and people that make up “The Functioning Society.” This includes identifying new institutions that are about to have a major impact on society and its functioning, such as the mega church, the last major institution that Peter identified. ::read more::
   
Murat Binay
Thirty years ago, in his book, The Pension Fund Revolution, Peter Drucker wrote about what the ownership structure of corporations would look like in the future. Corporations are now owned mostly by pension funds and other institutional investors, just as he predicted. Institutional investors being my research area, I’m still amazed by his remarkable vision.  ::read more::
   
Richard Ellsworth
Peter Drucker’s enduring legacy - and certainly the legacy of the Drucker School - is the values embodied by his work. Peter’s contributions have been so significant and varied in part because of the integrity of their foundation. They are grounded in his view of management as a liberal art, his high view of humankind and his ability to see and remain focused on the fundamentals.
   
Richard Smith
One of the first things that struck me about Peter was to hear him, in one talk, comment on the irrelevance of economics and then proceed to make a presentation that was solidly grounded in the application of economic principles. Eventually I came to understand that Peter’s negative comments on economics were narrowly focused on formal economic theory and modeling, much of which, because it strips away important behavioral assumptions, does not say much that is of interest to practice. ::read more::
   
Robert Klitgaard
Peter Drucker based his teaching on values. Performance and character were central to his advice to leaders and managers. Core values, he taught, make sense in hardheaded business terms, but the purity of our hearts matters for other, more important reasons. ::read more::
   
Vijay Sathe
The dictionary defines “legacy” as something bequeathed, left or established for future generations. What did Peter Drucker bequeath, leave or establish for future generations, and for the Drucker School in particular? ::read more::
   
     
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