Post-Capitalist Society. Peter Drucker. HarperCollins.

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Peter Drucker

In Post-Capitalist Society Peter Drucker describes how every few hundred years a sharp transformation has taken place and greatly affected society – its worldview, its basic values, its business and economics, and its social and political structure. According to Drucker, we are right in the middle of another time of radical change, from the Age of Capitalism and the Nation-State to a Knowledge Society and a Society of Organizations. The primary resource in the post-capitalist society will be knowledge and the leading social groups will be “knowledge workers.”

Looking backward and forward, Drucker discusses the Industrial Revolution, the Productivity Revolution, the Management Revolution, and the governance of corporations. He explains the new functions of organizations, the economics of knowledge, and productivity as a social and economic priority. He covers the transformation from Nation-State to Megastate, the new pluralism of political systems, and the needed to government turnaround. Finally, Drucker details the knowledge issues and the role and use of knowledge in post-capitalist society.

Divided into three parts – society, polity, and knowledge – Post-Capitalist Society provides a searching look into the future as well as a vital analysis of the past, focusing on the challenges of the present transition. And how, if we can understand and respond to them, we can create a new future.

Peter F. Drucker was born in 1909 in Vienna and was educated there and in England. He took his doctorate in public and international law while working as a newspaper reporter in Frankfurt, Germany, and then worked as an economist for an international bank in London. In 1937 he came to the United States, and his first book, The End of Economic Man, was published in 1939. Drucker’s management books and analyses of economics and society are widely read and respected throughout the world and have been translated into more than twenty languages. He is also written a lively autobiography, two novels, and several volumes of essays. He has been a frequent contributor to various magazines and journals over the years and is an editorial columnist for the Wall Street Journal.

Peter Drucker has had a distinguished career as a teacher, first as a professor of politics and philosophy at Bennington College, then for more than twenty years as a professor of management at the Graduate Business School at New York University. Since 1971 he has been Clark Professor of Social Science at Claremont Graduate School in California.

Drucker has four children and six grandchildren. A hiker and a student of Japan and Japanese art, he lives with his wife in Claremont, California.