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

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8Claremont Address1974

Ladies and gentlemen, I am very pleased to be here today, and I’m very pleased and proud and happy to be a member of the Claremont Graduate School community where I have been now for three very happy years. You asked me today to talk about management and what is ahead for it. Perhaps the best way to start might be to say that for the last maybe 25 years, the whole world has been in a management boom.

That’s what the Japanese call it. Until 30-odd years ago, management was a fairly hidden and esoteric concern of a few people here, there, and yonder. In fact, most managers didn’t know that what they were practicing was management. And between you and me, most didn’t. What was the very small esoteric concern became front-page ...

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