I would like to dedicate a serie of posts about the famous Peter Drucker. Known to many as the “Father of modern management” and to me as a great philosopher.

Peter Drucker has over the past 50-60 years been leading on thoughts on business, entreprenourship, innovation and management. Born in 1909 he had closely followed the change from industrialization and into our known knowledge society. He wrote a ton of exciting books and articles until his death in 2005.

From Wikipedia I have gathered some of his key points:

Several ideas run through most of Drucker’s writings:

  • Decentralization and simplification. Drucker discounted the command and control model and asserted that companies work best when they are decentralized. According to Drucker, corporations tend to produce too many products, hire employees they don’t need (when a better solution would be outsourcing), and expand into economic sectors that they should avoid.
  • A profound skepticism of macroeconomic theory. Drucker contended that economists of all schools fail to explain significant aspects of modern economies.
  • Respect of the worker. Drucker believed that employees are assets and not liabilities. He taught that knowledge workers are the essential ingredients of the modern economy.
  • A belief in what he called “the sickness of government.” Drucker made nonpartisan claims that government is often unable or unwilling to provide new services that people need or want, though he believed that this condition is not inherent to democracy.
  • The need for “planned abandonment.” Businesses and governments have a natural human tendency to cling to “yesterday’s successes” rather than seeing when they are no longer useful.
  • A belief that taking action without thinking is the cause of every failure.[18]
  • The need for community. Early in his career, Drucker predicted the “end of economic man” and advocated the creation of a “plant community” where individuals’ social needs could be met. He later acknowledged that the plant community never materialized, and by the 1980s, suggested that volunteering in the non-profit sector was the key to fostering a healthy society where people found a sense of belonging and civic pride.
  • The need to manage business by balancing a variety of needs and goals, rather than subordinating an institution to a single value.[19][20] This concept of management by objectives forms the keynote of his 1954 landmark “The Practice of Management”.[21]
  • A company’s primary responsibility is to serve its customers. Profit is not the primary goal, but rather an essential condition for the company’s continued existence.[22]
  • Organization should have a proper way of executing all its business processes

Many of these points inspire me as a manager and as a person. His views are often deeply philosophical and challanging the perception of normal business.

I appreciate particularly his views on corporate social responcibility and his question of the motive of a business. Is the purpose profit or lies there deeper purposes behind the excistence of business. He and I believe so. Businesses have a deep purpose in every person daily life. Work gives value and meaning to workers, products create satisfaction above the plain marketing message.

I will over a range of posts take out each keypoint and give my ideas to it as well as Druckers. I hope you will enjoy it, as much as I…