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The Drucker Lectures: Essential Lessons on Management, Society and Economy by Rick Wartzman, Peter F. Drucker

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13Knowledge Lecture II1989

The idea for these lectures was conceived about a year and a half ago when I got a telephone call and somebody said, “You don’t know me, but I understand that you have done a lot of work in research management.” And I said, “Yes, I’ve probably made more mistakes in research management than most other people, so I’m qualified as an expert.”

And that person said, “Three months ago I moved from being a biochemist into being the director of one of the world’s largest labs. And for three months I have been studying what my job is. And I’ve come to the point where I would like to ask you a question: Do you think research can be managed?” And I was near the point of saying, “If you feel you have to ask this question, why don’t ...

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