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What Would Peter Say?

It’s Drucker Time! Am 19. November 2009 wäre Peter F. Drucker, der Pionier der modernen Management-Lehre, 100 Jahre alt geworden (wer das angemessen feiern will, ist beim First Global Drucker Forum am 19./ 20. November in Wien sicher richtig). Und, noch besser, es war vor 50 Jahren, 1959, als Drucker zum ersten Mal vom „Knowledge Worker“ gesprochen hat (in „The Landmarks of Tomorrow“, was ich leider nicht überprüfen kann). Der vorliegende Artikel ist einer von vielen, die aktuell an diese Ereignisse erinnern. Die Autorin Rosabeth Moss Kanter bringt Drucker natürlich in Verbindung zur aktuellen Wirtschaftskrise und erinnert an ungehörte Warnungen. Aber sie versucht auch die Grenzen des Drucker’schen Modells zu fassen: „Drucker was an industrial-age intellectual who led the way toward the fluidity and rapid change of the information age. … If the twentieth century gave rise to knowledge workers with deep expertise, the twenty-first century will require leaders who can foster integrative thinking and collaboration across fields and specialties. Collaboration, not coordination, will be the task of management“, schreibt sie. Schließlich fasst sie zusammen:

„The essential Drucker can be summarized in three themes that he repeated and reinforced throughout his career:

– Management should be a profession, and executives and managers should remember that their primary job is to look out for the long-term health of their organizations. That means looking outside their walls at society and taking responsibility for well-being, not just wealth.

– Knowledge workers cannot be controlled; they must be motivated. Such employees must see a purpose more meaningful than personal profit. When the game is only about money, disparities in society get worse as the favored grab the largest share.

– Not-for-profit organizations are necessary ingredients in producing a good society, one in which businesses can thrive. Civil society works to complement government in meeting human needs.“
Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard Business Review, November 2009

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