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About Peter Drucker

Management Consultant and Philosopher

Peter Drucker, born Peter Ferdinand Drucker, was a well known management consultant and forward thinking business philosopher.

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What is Peter Drucker’s Net Worth 

$1 – $5 Million Dollars

When was Peter Born

19 November 1909, Vienna, Austria

Died: 11 November 2005, Claremont, California, United States

Introduction to Peter Drucker My Story

Peter Drucker, born Peter Ferdinand Drucker, was a well known management consultant and forward thinking business philosopher. The late role model was born on November 19th 1909 and died on November 11th 2005 (aged 95). He was a popular Austrian-born, American author as well as an established educator.

During his lifetime, he published over 40 books. His publications were mostly in the genre of management and personal/professional development. His most popular books are The Practice of Management and The Effective Executive published in 1954 and 1966 respectively. Many large companies (such as Ford, IBM and Chrysler) have publicly incorporated the teachings of Peter Druker into their businesses.

“The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence; it is to act with yesterday’s logic” – Peter Drucker

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Peter Drucker Personal History

Peter Drucker was born in Austria-Hungary, living his early years in Kaasgraben, Vienna, in a ‘liberal’ Lutheran Protestant house. His mother, Caroline Bondi was a medical practitioner and his father Adolf Drucker was a civil-servant and practicing lawyer. In his early life Peter was always surrounded by high-profile intellectuals and government officials.

In his working life, Peter explored a range of jobs over a number of years. Following his initial high school education, the job opportunities in Vienna were limited due to the First World War. He moved to Hamburg, Germany, where he began an apprenticeship with the Cotton Trading Company. Later, he entered into the world of journalism and studied for a doctorate in international law and public law simultaneously in 1931.

After his time in Germany, Peter moved to England and became a chief economist for a private bank. He reconnected with Doris Schmitz (married 1934), then together the couple moved to the United States, where he gained his first educational role as a professor. This was the beginning of Peter Drucker’s career as we know it today.

Back in his personal life, he remained married to Doris for the rest of his life. The couple had 4 children and 6 grandchildren (one of which became a tech entrepreneur). The late academic and author spent his last years in Claremont, California and died in November 2005, aged 95, of natural causes. His wife Doris died nearly 10 years later in October 2014, aged 103.

Peter Drucker Professional Career

After becoming a citizen of the United States, Peter Drucker’s academic career began. He started as a politics and philosophy professor at Bennington College and then went on to specialise into management. He was a professor of Management for 22 years at the New York University! He taught students of all levels and conducted one of the first executive MBA programs. He continued his career in education and taught classes right into his 90’s.

In addition to academia, his career was also dedicated to consulting for businesses in management. During this time he also founded the Drucker Archives (renamed to the Drucker Institute in 2006). His theories were in management but expanded into knowledge society. It is these teachings that enabled his additional literary success in his books.
Over his lifestyle, Peter Drucker published over 40 books which have been translated into more than 30 languages and sold globally. His most popular books were The Practice of Management which was the first of its kind to conceptualise management as a whole as opposed to ‘being a manager’ as a separate responsibility. Then, the publication of The Effective Executive highlighted the importance of getting management right and focused on constructive methods of staying productive in the workplace.
As well as his books, the author and educator contributed to the Wall Street Journal for more than 10 years in addition to his contributions to Harvard Business Review, the Economist and Atlantic Monthly.
His works have also been particularly notable across Japan. This is due to his novel that was adapted into a Japanese anime film, allowing his concepts and teachings to enter the eastern world.

Peter Drucker Teaching and Events

In addition to teaching in an academic space, Peter Drucker has been well recognised for his teaching contribution to fortune 500 companies, such as Ford, IBM, Chrysler and Sears. These businesses have all been named as recipients of his work.

Throughout his lifetime (and after), he received several awards, the most notable of which being: Henry Laurence Gantt Medal (1959); Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art, 1st class (1991) and Presidential Medal of Freedom (2002). In 1987 he also had a management school at Claremont Graduate University named after him as the ‘Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management’.

Even after his death, Peter Drucker maintains his legacy as one of the most forward thinking businessmen and leaders in management. So much so that in 2018, he was named the world’s most influential business thinker by Thinkers 50 in their annual awards.

Peter Drucker Books & Publications

Peter Drucker has written many books, here are some of his bestselling works: – 

Self Help

The Effective Executive

A handsome, commemorative edition of Peter F. Drucker’s timeless classic work on leadership and management.

Self Help

Managing Oneself

Peter Drucker is widely regarded as the father of modern management, offering penetrating insights into business that still resonate today.

Self Help

The Essential Drucker

Father of modern management, social commentator, and preeminent business philosopher, Peter F. Drucker analyzed economics and society for more than sixty years.

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