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by Peter F. Drucker

"The basic economic resource - 'the means of production', to use the economist's term - is no longer capital, nor natural resources, nor 'labour'. it is an will be knowledge."With penetrating insight Peter Drucker describes the changes that are affecting politics, business and society itself. It is vital that we are aware of and understand these changes in order to benefit from the opportunities that the future has to offer. Written by the management guru's guruDescribes the changes that are affecting politics, business and societyDescribed as 'his boldest book' by The Independent
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ISBN: 0750620250
ISBN13: 978-0750620253
Category: Other
Subcategory: Social Sciences
Author: Peter F. Drucker
Language: English
Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann (November 17, 2004)
Pages: 212 pages
ePUB size: 1229 kb
FB2 size: 1300 kb
Rating: 4.4
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I liked Mr. Drucker's analyses of various economic eras and societies; wish this had been suggested reading when I was getting my MBA. The main factor is that nothing stays the same; his documentation of past orientations made me aware that all humanity is in a constant state of change. The most enlightening idea I got from this book was that education, training, and knowledge are the bases of life and will create the future. Too bad this was not figured out and followed in the last 100 years; perhaps our educational economic systems would be in better shape today. If we, globally, do not update and improve our educational systems (the money going to teaching/learning) rather than administering (non-classroom employees), our children and grandchildren will revert to the ignorance of the past.

Highly recommended for those with educational and economic positions of authority - the future of our children rests in your hands.
Reading this book from the vantage point of 2016, gives you that much more confidence in the books predictions because much of what it discusses have obviously taken place. However, it seems to have been a bit slower process than anticipated. The book makes a very interesting case for the replacement of a system of capitalists and laborers with a new system of knowledge worker and service worker. I would have loved to see a chapter with a recent update.
If you plan to be living and working past 2016, you need to understand today the fundamental ways that the world is changing. Drucker didn't give us a step-by-step manual for how to prosper under this new economic order. Instead, he tells us what's coming so we can modify our own steps now to keep pace with the changes. Non-academic, but definitely for the thinking-person.
drucker provides valuable insights on the changes in the use of labor and its reprocess ions. I found the economic data fascinating. The discussion of the political reprocussions was less convincing. Definitely thought provoking.
It validates the fact that most of our problems are caused by the vagaries of human nature. It is accepted by me, at least, that most societal problems have their roots in human nature which as one author indicated would require a manipulation of genes. That won't happen and if it did would like create unforeseen problems of its own. The book is very well written, Understandable without complication,
Writted in 1993, this book has proven itself to be a prophetic vision of the changes the world continues to undergo and the challenges it continues to face. It presents clear, concise, cogent arguments for that we are transitioning from a capitalist society (a society built upon the aquisition and use of capital -- labor, hardware, land -- in production) through a post-capitalist society into a knowledge based society (a society where the creation and application of knowledge drives the production of wealth); that we are transitioning from a nation-state based world order to a world where national economies yield to larger regional economies, national political leadership yields to both transnational organizations and local tribalism (read diversity as opposed to integration), and highly integrated generalized companies yield to specialized organizations that outsource everything that is not their speciality; that the greatest problems we need to address at the transnational level are the environment, terrorism and globel arms control (the military-industrial complex demanded by perpetual cold war in the absence of arms control, requires too many resources especially in the form of lost scientific and engineering research and development); that state governments must abandon their futile attempts to manipulate economies so as to prevent every little recession and redistribute wealth and instead return to financial positions that permit them to address seemingly inevitable major recessions by pouring massive investments into infrastructure (roads, trains, utilities, internet) and restrict itself to laws and regulations that promote long-term growth in production and recession resistance which is the only proven way to increase total wealth including the wealth in each class; that state governments must abandon complicated tax systems which have driven the development of special interests and pork-barrell legistlative spending; that state governments must outsource every activity, apart from it's natural role as regulator, to private specialized organizations held accountable by the combination of competition and profit; that organizations must transition from a hierarchical authority-based structure where supervisors assign work to a horizontal responsibility based structure where the manager communicates the goals and the specialist employees figure out how to accomplish those goals.
Intriguing read
Great insight into all of the changes we see and where we are going with all of it. Easy to read.