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

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5Management in the Big Organizations1967

It is an open question whether mankind will be around long enough for the historians to go to work on the twentieth century. But if and when they do, 100 or 200 years hence, they will surely put into the center of their attempt to understand this crazy time of ours something that we generally pay very little attention to. They are likely to see as a center of this century of ours the emergence of the large-scale organization as our organ for the accomplishment of practically every single social job of an advanced society.

If you go back to, let’s say, the year before World War I started, 1913–1914, well within living memory, you would find a society in which the large organization was unknown by most people. ...

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