Peter Drucker’s Life and Legacy

Peter F. Drucker was a writer, professor, management consultant and self-described “social ecologist,” who explored the way human beings organize themselves and interact much the way an ecologist would observe and analyze the biological world. Hailed by BusinessWeek as “the man who invented management,” Drucker directly influenced a huge number of leaders from a wide range of organizations across all sectors of society.

Drucker’s Career Timeline and Bibliography

Born in a suburb of Vienna, Austria on November 19, 1909. His kindergarten teacher taught “the concept of management,” and his 4th grade religious instructor asked, “What do you want to be remembered for?” His father held gatherings in the Drucker home where intellectuals, high government officials and scientists would discuss ideas and events. Among those who attended were Sigmund Freud and Joseph Schumpeter…

A Drucker Sampler

Our staff has selected readings available online for free that cover three of Drucker’s core areas of focus—the individual, organizations and society. They include magazine articles (from Harvard Business Review, The Economist and others), newspaper columns (from The Wall Street Journal), an audiobook and a chapter from Management: Revised. Taken together, these sources deliver a deep and broad overview of Drucker’s work.

Tributes to Drucker

Watch Jim Collins talk about why “Peter Drucker contributed more to the triumph of freedom and free society over totalitarianism than anyone in the 20th century, including perhaps Winston Churchill.” Read remembrances published in The Economist, the Financial Times, The Atlantic Monthly, The Wall Street Journal and the International Herald Tribune, as well as Inc. magazine’s “Drucker A-Z” and individual tributes.

Books by Drucker

A complete listing of Peter Drucker’s 39 books as well as his monographs, other works and publications to which he was a contributing writer. Drucker’s first book, The End of Economic Man, was published in 1939. His last, Management: Revised, was published posthumously in 2008. He wrote nearly two-thirds of his books after the age of 65.

Books About Drucker

This list includes personal and intellectual biographies, memoirs by Drucker’s former students and books on management that are rooted primarily and explicitly in Drucker’s work.